Dear Friends and Neighbors:
As you all undoubtedly know, Governor Wolf has recently ordered the closure of all businesses in the Commonwealth that are not classified as “life-sustaining.” Additionally, Centre County has been directly affected by this pandemic with the confirmation of the first positive case on Friday, March 20th. In response, many of us have been forced to deploy measures in our businesses and daily lives in an effort to contain the impact of the Coronavirus on our community. Ferguson Township has followed suit, and this letter is to describe the temporary changes in our operations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Effective March 20th, after consulting with the Board of Supervisors, I have activated the Township’s disaster recovery and continuity of operations plan. This action comes in the wake of statewide and regional disaster declarations by Governor Tom Wolf and the Centre Region Council of Governments. As you may know, the Township facilities were closed to the general public last week, and many staff members were sent home to work remotely. Effective March 23, 2020, the following changes to municipal services have been enacted:
- Brush and leaf collection have been cancelled for the month of April. May collections will be evaluated as conditions develop.
- Other than Ferguson Township Police, no staff will be in the building during normal hours of operation. The Township will remain open to receive phone calls by dialing (814) 238-4651, and a receptionist will answer calls from a remote office between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday; and 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Friday. All phone calls will go to voicemail outside of normal business hours and between noon and 1 p.m. on weekdays. Email messages may still be sent using Township email addresses or by the Contact Us form on the website: https://www.twp.ferguson.pa.us/about/webforms/contact-us.
- All permitting and inspection activity has been cancelled until further notice.
The Police Department will continue to operate at full staff. The Police Department office line (814-237-1172) will be rerouted from office staff to available personnel, but responses may be delayed. Tax payments may continue to be mailed or submitted online.
I encourage you to sign up for the latest alerts by email on our website at https://www.twp.ferguson.pa.us/home/pages/stay-informed and clicking on the Constant Contact logo at the top of the page. Please sign up for the email list titled, “COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates”. The most current information will be posted to the Township’s main page at http://www.twp.ferguson.pa.us. Thank you for your cooperation during this crisis.
Township of Ferguson