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Coronavirus Response

A forum for sharing ideas on various ways you are dealing with the coronavirus in your community.

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  1. Virtual Meetings

    What software are you using to hold virtual meetings? Would you recommend it?

    Mar 18, 2020 by jjames (49 points)

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  2. How are cities/towns handling all the state mandated closings?

    Wondering what other cities and towns are doing about all things related to businesses closing. Like supporting businesses, enforcing the shutdowns, etc...

    Mar 17, 2020 by Caleb Wolf (73 points)

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  3. State of Emergency

    Has your community enacted a State if Emergency? Is it necessary to receive future funding from the State or Federal Government??

    Mar 17, 2020 by Scott Hancock (38 points)

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  4. Closing City Hall's Doors Temporarily During COVID-19

    Some Maryland municipalities have decided to close their doors and only allow residents who have appointments. How has this transition worked for you? Have you had complications with water & sewer...
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    Mar 17, 2020 by Felicia Banuelos (31 points)

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  5. Will funding be available to help municipalities with public safety overtime costs?

    Will special funding be available through grants or emergency reimbursements to help municipalities cover the additional public safety overtime expenses as a result of the COVID-19 response?

    Mar 18, 2020 by * (10 points)

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  6. Electronic Meetings using Zoom with Advance Notice to Residents

    The Town of Washington Grove has established an electronic meeting process using Zoom. The members of the group meeting (e.g. Planning Commission) are able to connect with video and audio using Zoom...
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    Mar 18, 2020 by Charlie Challstrom (67 points)

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  7. Hazard and Emergency Pay

    Is your municipality providing Hazard or Emergency Pay to employees that are required to come in and work during the State of Emergency? What is your policy/protocol for this action?

    Mar 20, 2020 by Stephanie L. Berkey (7 points)

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  8. Tennis Courts

    How are other municipalities handling parks, playgrounds, and other public spaces? Specifically I am wondering if there has been any recommendations or directives as it would relate to tennis courts;...
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    Mar 20, 2020 by Matthew Trollinger (39 points)

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  9. Family First Coronavirus Response Act

    President Trump on Wednesday signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, the initial coronavirus relief bill. The new law requires small employers — those with fewer than 500...
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    Mar 23, 2020 by jjames (49 points)

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  10. Can anyone share their signs they are posting in their public parks or buildings?

    Signs

    Mar 24, 2020 by Mike Benton (42 points)

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  11. Upcoming municipal elections and how to handle them...

    We know that there are many municipal elections coming up over the next few months. How are you handling the administration of your election? Are you changing the date or method of collecting ballots...
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    Mar 31, 2020 by Bill Jorch (13 points)

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  12. Prep for “Shelter in Place” Mandates

    What plans have you made in your community for any “shelter in place” mandates from the State?

    Mar 21, 2020 by Scott Hancock (29 points)

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  13. Adjustments to Municipal Enforcement

    Are any municipalities making adjustments to the ways you reinforce ordinances; for example, have you relaxed parking/standing vehicle rules to accommodate restaurant pick ups or suspended cut offs...
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    Mar 24, 2020 by Tom Reynolds (17 points)

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  14. Chapter Meetings

    Until large gatherings are allowed, executive and sub committee meetings can be held via Zoom or other virtual meeting platforms to keep business moving. Chapter matters needing votes can be handled...
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    Mar 18, 2020 by Paula Chase Hyman (53 points)

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  15. Construction Activity

    I know that section 2.6.vi explicitly exempts construction from the Governor's Orders; however, I am curious if any municipalities have taken steps to limit construction activities further during...
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    Mar 31, 2020 by Matthew Trollinger (39 points)

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  16. Health Officer

    Seat Pleasant: A Smart City of Excellence appointed it’s first Health Officer on Thursday, March 18, 2020, in response to COVID19. Dr. Dawne Carroll is responsible for the health response in Seat...
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    Mar 20, 2020 by Mayor Eugene Grant (35 points)

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  17. How are municipalities helping your local businesses survive this crisis?

    Most College Park businesses have closed or are struggling with this huge hit to their business. We are exploring how we as a municipality can best support them and ensure they are able to reopen when...
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    Mar 29, 2020 by Patrick Wojahn (19 points)

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  18. In regards to the 2/3 pay mandidate for those caring for children, is there an exception for essential employees?

    The Department of Labor information does not mention exemptions for essential employees. Is there an exemption from the "2/3 pay and stay home for up to 12 weeks" provision should an employee have a...
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    Mar 27, 2020 by Jeffrey D. Rhodes (24 points)

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  19. MML Parks and Recreation Department Agency Survey

    Please click on the links below for information on what several MML Parks and Recreation agencies have done with regard to amenity closings as of 3/25/20. ...
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    Mar 27, 2020 by Susan Petito (7 points)

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  20. State Liaison to Municipal Governments

    Governor Hogan has named former Annapolis Mayor Mike Pantelides as the Coronavirus liaison n to Municipal Government. His contact information is here. 410-212-4933 Michael.Pantelides@maryland.gov.

    Mar 19, 2020 by Scott Hancock (29 points)

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  21. ESAM To Hold Board of Directors Election with Election Runner

    With our spring meeting being postponed we still need to have an election of Officers. We will be using Election Runner. It is fairly easy to setup but does require a little work. I created a...
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    Mar 24, 2020 by Muir Boda (16 points)

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  22. supermarket hours, guidance for older residents, support for businesses and workers

    Here's some additional useful info circulated by a County Councilmember in my county yesterday regarding supermarket hours, guidance for older residents, support for businesses and workers, and other...
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    Mar 20, 2020 by Ryan Spiegel (14 points)

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  23. Community Engagement during COVID-19

    MML was contacted by a group called POLCO - https://polco.us - which has created a civic engagement platform with ICMA and NLC to help get "vital real-time information from residents" through free use...
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    Mar 19, 2020 by Tom Reynolds (17 points)

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  24. Cumberland is repurposing an activities building at our largest park for a daycare center for essential employees for FREE.

    A local school is providing up to 3 meals each day. We have identified qualified local providers to manage the daycare. We believe this will encourage employees to remain at work.

    Mar 27, 2020 by Jeffrey D. Rhodes (24 points)

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  25. Maintenance Staff

    Given the most recent stay-at-home orders today from the Governor, I was wondering what actions municipalities are taking for their maintenance staff, and how you may be handling things such as the...
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    Mar 30, 2020 by Matthew Trollinger (39 points)

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