From the desk of City Manager Sarah Purdy...
April 9, 2020
Usually at this time of year City staff are monitoring what the predictions are for flooding of the St. Lawrence River, whether winter has ended for real, and whether the Department of Public Works’ early spring chores such as street cleaning can be finished in time for the start of brush pickup.
How that has changed! DPW has switched jobs around due to the limiting of staff that can be on hand at any one time, the need for social distancing and some equipment malfunctions, so the street cleaning will be done later and brush pickup is underway now. We all have never been so happy to see the piles out by the street! It means our residents are taking pride in clearing up their property, and are using their time to get outside and move around. The ability to put brush out for pick-up will continue until the stated last date of May 17.
As for the St. Lawrence River, there is a bit of good news to report. The International Joint Commission (IJC) has issued predictions that the water levels which cause the flooding may not get as high as originally predicted. That is definitely a bright spot in these trying times. Of course, it is important to emphasize the word “may” but still, it means there is a possibility that it won’t be as bad as 2019 was.
In 1909 Canada and the United States signed the Boundary Waster Treaty, which provides general principles for resolving disputes about actions taken by either country that impact water levels. The IJC was created to created to foster cooperation to protect and manage these waters.
Last Friday the IJC hosted an interesting webinar explain what the measures the Commission has been taking in the past several months to mitigate the probability of flooding this spring. If you or your kids are looking for something to do, check out the IJC at https://www.ijc.org You can learn a lot of facts and information about the connection of the Great Lakes to the St. Lawrence River, about international impacts, and about commerce, agriculture, environment, recreation and power generation. Check it out!
And, as always, please remember to practice social distancing, to wash your hands frequently, to wear a mask when you are out in public, to not travel unless absolutely necessary, and to not gather in groups.
Be hopeful, stay safe, stay healthy and stay together yet six feet apart. “Take 5 for New York” by calling someone and chatting for five minutes. And please find below several links to COVID-19 information that you may find useful.
Department of Labor Cares Act Information
US Small Business Administration
St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency
Governor Cuomo’s Website
New York State Department of Health
Protect Yourself & Stop the Spread of Germs
What You Need to Know
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