LITTLE VALLEY — Cattaraugus County lawmakers were expected to meet at two separate locations Wednesday in response to widespread COVID-19 virus concerns.
The meeting was expected to be live streamed online.
Linked by video, legislators were to be split between the James J. Snyder Legislature Chamber in the County Center in Little Valley and a second floor conference room at the County Office Building in Olean.
County Legislature Chairman Howard Van Rensselaer, R-Randolph, would conduct the meeting from Little Valley with a minimum of county officials besides legislators, said County Administrator Jack Searles.
The meeting would be live streamed via a link on the county’s website at www.cattco.org, he said. “We’ll be recording it for the website as well.”
Last week, county lawmakers and department heads sat elbow-to-elbow in the large committee room off the legislative chamber.
Searles said that while all non-essential staff has been sent home or reassigned, most county services with the exception of the Department of Motor Vehicles offices and senior dining centers, which were closed last week, remain open with limited programs and services.
Refuse transfer stations remain open, but commercial haulers must haul to landfills.
Social services clients and applicants should call the office first. Many services are being handled over the telephone.
One innovation being practiced in the Community Services Department is providing mental health services via telemedicine, Searles said.
“The doors aren’t padlocked,” Searles said. “We’re not closed down. “We are redirecting our resources to high priority populations.”
Expect to have your temperature scanned upon entering county buildings, the county administrator said. Those with a temperature of 100.4 or greater will not be allowed to enter — employees or visitors.
The Cattaraugus County Planning Board plans to livestream its meeting on Thursday, and next week the Board of health will join the list of local government boards seeking to minimize the public at meetings while maintaining an opportunity for the public to be present via video.
A public hearing is scheduled on proposed additions to the Cattaraugus County combined Agricultural District.
The public will be able to call in to make any comments via a special telephone link available through the website.
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