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UPDATE (03/31/2020):  On March 6, 2020, Governor Tom Wolf signed an order proclaiming the existence of a disaster emergency throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  The order outlined his authority to isolate, quarantine, or take any other measure to safeguard residents of Pennsylvania from the spread of any disease.  The Governor ordered several cities and counties at that time to Stay-at-Home.  Today, Governor Wolf expanded his Stay-at-Home order to include Franklin County, beginning at 8:00 p.m.  Individuals are permitted to engage in outdoor activities; however, gatherings of individuals outside of the home are generally prohibited except as may be required to access, support, or provide life-sustaining services.

 

What does this mean for Borough residents? 

Borough residents are required to stay at home except for certain essential activities and work to provide life-sustaining business and government services.  Residents may leave their home ONLY to perform any of the following allowable individual activities and allowable essential travel:

  • Tasks essential to maintain health and safety, or the health and safety of their family or household members (including, but not limited to, pets), such as obtaining medicine or medical supplies, visiting a health care professional, or obtaining supplies they need to work from home.
  • Getting necessary services or supplies for themselves or their family or household members, or to deliver those services or supplies to others, such as getting food and household consumer products, pet food, and supplies necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences.  This includes volunteer efforts to distribute meals and other life-sustaining services to those in need.
  • Engaging in outdoor activity, such as walking, hiking or running if they maintain social distancing.
  • To perform work providing essential products and services at a life-sustaining business.
  • To care for a family member or pet in another household.

Allowable Essential Travel:

  • Any travel related to the provision of or access to the above-mentioned individual activities or life-sustaining business activities.
  • Travel to care for elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable persons.
  • Travel to or from educational institutions for purposes of receiving materials for distance learning, for receiving meals, and any other related services.
  • Travel to return to a place of residence from an outside jurisdiction.
  • Travel required by law enforcement or court order.
  • Travel required for non-residents to return to their place of residence outside the Commonwealth.
  • Anyone performing life-sustaining travel does not need paperwork to prove the reason for travel.

The following operations are exempt:

  • Life-sustaining business activities
  • Health care or medical services providers
  • Access to life-sustaining services for low-income residents, including food banks
  • Access to child care services for employees of life-sustaining businesses that remain open as follows:  child care facilities operating under the Department of Human Services, Office of Child Development and Early Learning waiver process; group and family child care operating in a residence; and part-day school age programs operating under an exemption from the March 19, 2020 business closure Orders
  • News media
  • Law enforcement, emergency medical services personnel, firefighters
  • The federal government
  • Religious institutions

When people need to leave their places of residence in conjunction with allowable individual activities, allowable essential travel, or by virtue of exemption from this policy, the Pennsylvania Department of Health strongly encourages individuals to abide by the following social distancing requirements to the greatest extent reasonably possible:

  • Maintain at least six (6) feet from other individuals.
  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as frequently as possible, or use hand sanitizer.
  • Cover coughs or sneezes with a sleeve or elbow, not hands.
  • Do not shake hands.
  • Regularly clean high-contact surface areas.

 

UPDATE (03/19/2020):  Due to Governor Wolf’s Order and Proclamation dated March 19, 2020, the following changes are in place until further notice at municipal facilities within the Borough:

  1.  The Waynesboro Police Department lobby will remain open during normal operating hours, Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  The Waynesboro Police Department may be reached for non-emergency calls at 717-762-2131 or in an emergency by dialing 911.  Non-emergency complaints may also be filed on the Department’s CRIMEWATCH page.
  2. Lobbies will be closed at all other municipal buildings.  Utility payments may be made by using the drop box at 55 E. Main Street, U.S. mail, online or by phone at 717-762-2101.

We appreciate the public’s understanding during this challenging time.

 

MESSAGE TO BOROUGH RESIDENTS FROM THE BOROUGH MANAGER: 

We are all impacted by the National Emergency Declaration on March 1, 2020 related to COVID-19. Subsequently, COVID-19 has been declared an emergency by the state, county, and our municipality. All of us handle stress differently and the circumstances surrounding this National Emergency cause each of us to handle it in our own way.  Some of you undoubtedly are very concerned about COVID-19 while others are not.  Regardless of where you stand on the topic, I want to provide you with some information from the local level.

  1. The Mayor’s Proclamation of Disaster allows us to apply for Federal funding if necessary for purchases related to COVID-19. This does not change any laws at the local level.
  2. We have been in communication with our contracted waste hauler, Waste Management. While they have altered some of their call centers, curbside collection is scheduled to continue normally.
  3. We have an emergency operations plan in place for Water, Sewer and Maintenance. I have not opted to enact this plan at this time. If it is enacted, it would only alter internal work schedules. These essential services will continue to operate.
  4. We have temporarily suspended our in home water meter replacement program. We will notify residents impacted by this decision once we plan to begin replacing water meters.
  5. We have opted not to terminate water for non-payment of bills. Customers not paying their utility bills will continue to receive charges and penalties.
  6. Our parks will remain open. While we do not have the ability to sanitize playground equipment, we understand it is important for our parks to remain open. Our restrooms in the parks have not been opened for the season. Historically they are not opened until mid to late April. We will assess opening of restrooms closer to that time.
  7. If you dial 911, you may be asked additional questions related to travel, etc. This has been a directive at the county level. Waynesboro Ambulance Squad, Medic 2, Waynesboro Fire Department, Waynesboro Police Department, Washington Township and I have all met. All emergency responders are prepared to respond to your needs.
  8. Our lobby remains open for business. If you are not comfortable coming to the building, please call us at 717-762-2101.

Perhaps it is cliché but please remain calm. Continue to shop local if you are able.  Our local businesses depend on us.  Let’s all work together during this time.  The Borough of Waynesboro stands ready to assist as needed during this National Emergency.

Jason Stains, Borough Manager

 

SPECIAL ATTENTION:  A malicious website pretending to be the live map for Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins University is circulating on the internet, waiting for unwitting internet users to visit the website.  Visiting the website infects the user with the AZORult Trojan, an information-stealing program which can exfiltrate a variety of sensitive data.  It is likely being spread via infected email attachments, malicious online advertisements and social engineering.  Furthermore, anyone searching the internet for a Coronavirus map could unwittingly navigate to this malicious website.  The actual map is available at https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html.

 

WAYNESBORO WATER AND SEWER CUSTOMERS:

We are proud to tell our customers that we have upgraded our billing solution to Muni-Link by Link Computer Corporation. Muni-Link software will allow you, our valued customers, to have more control over your utility bills through our online customer portal.  Sign up for E-Billing with your debit or credit card, schedule regular auto-draft payments through your bank, and more! You can access your past billing and payment history too … all from your computer or mobile device.  WHEN YOU RECEIVE YOUR NEXT UTILITY BILL, PLEASE NOTE THE CID NUMBER PROVIDED IN THE UPPER RIGHT CORNER.  THIS UNIQUE ID NUMBER IS NEEDED TO REGISTER FOR ONLINE ACCESS TO YOUR ACCOUNT THROUGH THE NEW CUSTOMER PORTAL:  https://wba.authoritypay.com

Please be advised that, effective September 5, 2019, customers currently utilizing Xpress Bill Pay will need to enroll in our new online billing solution provided by Municipay to ensure continued online electronic payments.

Our goal is to provide our customers with the utmost security and most convenient options for paying your utility bills. Please feel free to contact our offices at (717) 762-2101 if you have any questions or concerns regarding our new and improved billing system transition.

Welcome to Waynesboro

Enjoy the benefits of a small town while remaining within 60-90 minutes of Baltimore, Harrisburg, and Washington DC. Waynesboro is situated in the southern part of Franklin County, Pennsylvania, about 2 miles north of the Mason-Dixon line, 6 miles east of I-81 and 12 miles north of Hagerstown, Maryland.

During the Civil War, Waynesboro was held for 15 days by Confederates on their way to Gettysburg. During the early 20th century, Waynesboro became an industrial hub and home to Frick Company, Geiser Manufacturing, Landis Machine Company, Landis Tool Company, and more.

Today, community organizations include the Renfrew Museum and Park, the Alexander Hamilton Memorial Library, Waynesboro YMCA, and Waynesboro Hospital. The Waynesboro Area School District operates four elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school. The Borough of Waynesboro designates six parks, including the Municipal Golf Course. Northside Pool and Park features a zero-depth entrance, two water slides, bubblers, and other water features.

 

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