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Chatham board makes reopening plans, decides to keep beach closed

Jun 12, 2020 2:30 pm
Emilia Teasdale is reporting for The Columbia Paper the Chatham Town Board at its June 4 meeting discussed the Reopen Chatham committees and the ways they plan to safely open town buildings and facilities. Supervisor Donal Collins reported the Highway Department Garage will remain closed to the public and town hall will be closed to the public for the rest of June. Town Clerk Beth Anne Rippel said even with the building closed, the staff is still working and answering questions over the phone and through email. She talked about plans once the building does reopen. “We have everything hammered out,” she said of the reopening plan. Town board member Vance Pitkin said the town court, which is held in Tracy Memorial Village Hall in the village, was “all ready to go,” but there is no definitive start date as yet. He said the court has been receiving guidance from the state court system. “They’ve got things pretty well figured out,” he said. The board spent some time discussing the pond area in the park. Recreation Director Mike West presented the board with new guidelines for opening the swimming area, noting that he had talked to the county about safety issues. Following a conversation between Collins, West and members of the town board, the board voted to leave the beach at Crellin Park closed for now and to refrain from hiring lifeguards. Read the full story in The Columbia Paper.
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