Port Jervis mayor declares limited state of emergency

PORT JERVIS – In light of the continued spread of the coronavirus, Port Jervis Mayor Kelly Decker Sunday declared a limited state of emergency.

Included in the declaration is that all city buildings are closed to the general public unless escorted by an employee of the city, Community Development Agency, Department of Motor Vehicles, Port Jervis City Court, state court officers, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office or State Police.

All committee and board meetings as well as any meeting held in city buildings by outside agencies are all canceled. Business-essential boards that function according to timetables mandated by the state will continue to meet, but limited in attendance to board members, recording secretaries and essential department heads.

Those essential boards include the city council, Community Development Agency, and Port Jervis Housing Authority.

All meetings held under the limited state of emergency will be held with no public presence or participation.

City council sessions will continue to be broadcast live on Access 23 and on Facebook and will be limited to only necessary matters.

Signs will be posted on the entrances of all city buildings with department phone numbers and other contact information.

Those who have bills and/or taxes to be paid can do so by mailing them to City Hall, Decker said. There will also be a drop box at the front entrance to City Hall.

The directives will be in place through 11:59 p.m. on March 29.

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