Full UC Covid-19 Disaster Emergency Declaration

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Full UC Covid-19 Disaster Emergency Declaration

From Union City Borough

On March 23, 2020 Union City Borough Council and the Mayor agreed to issue a Declaration of Disaster Emergency, pursuant to the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Services Code.  This declaration was made to ensure that the Borough would be eligible for emergency funding to cover a portion of our costs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, should we be required to take action.  This declaration shall be effective until such time as it is terminated by the Borough of Union City Borough Council.

Borough Council is also stating that, for your own safety, that you should stay out of the Borough parks until the bans regarding COVID-19 are lifted.

Information was provided last week regarding Borough Council and Borough Employees, and the procedures that were put in place, and stated that we are following the County/State/Federal guidelines and recommendations.  Information has been provided in previous posts concerning COVID-19 such as the following:

https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/

https://www.facebook.com/ErieAreaCOG/

The posts have contained some behind-the-scenes activity of Borough employees and elected officials, and the procedures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  We have followed all applicable recommendations and requirements provided by public health officials.  The safety of our community and employees is of utmost importance.  We have cancelled meetings to support the recommendations for Social Distancing.  As stated previously, we are recommending that residents continue to follow all Federal/State/County requirements and recommendations during this COVID-19 situation.

At this time, there is nothing local government can do any differently than is being done by the County, State, and Federal governments.

First and foremost, we as Council do not want to incite panic.  Again, we request you follow the recommendations and requirements already in place and any new ones that may be put in place.

MAYOR NATALIE WILMOTH:
“Our community members are very fortunate in that our grocery store has continued to have food and supplies, our children (ages 1-18) are offered breakfast/lunch free of charge five days a week by the schools, our food pantry remains open, and the second harvest food distribution for this month just happened last week.  Plus, it sounds like there will be future ECGRA and community foundation funding available and we have wonderful churches that would assist people in need.  Raccoon Refuse has offered to help out any family in need, you just need to reach out to them on their Facebook page.  Many communities would not have all of these options”.

UNION CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT:
The Union City Police Department will still have normal operating hours, but with a few changes in responding to calls of service.  We will still be responding to and investigating priority calls of service that are deemed to be an emergency.  With regards to non-emergency calls, officers have been directed to follow up by phone as much as possible to avoid unnecessary contact with people. 

With regards to the shutdown of Non-Life Sustaining Businesses, the Union City Police Department received correspondence on the morning of Monday March 23, 2020.  The Erie County Health Department has put an enforcement plan in place and will be the first point of contact for all reports of non-compliance.  All complaints and reports of non-compliance need to be directed to the Erie County Health Department at 814-451-6700.  

Borough Council asks that if you have questions or concerns, PLEASE contact the Borough office at 814-438-2331 Monday – Thursday 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM, Friday 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM.

The Borough Council, administration and staff have been vigilant during this period of national emergency and will continue to implement the recommendations of our public health officials and advisors.

Lastly, please know that the Borough will continue to provide necessary updates and information via social media and the Corry Journal.  In order to ensure concise communication and avoid duplication of already published information, updates will be confined to new or evolving information that specifically impacts Union City.

Remember, just because you don’t see something being done doesn’t mean that it isn’t.