City of Canton Statement on Preparedness for Operations During Pandemic
City of Canton Reviewing Public Health Information, Sets Plan for Public Meetings and Promotes Online Service Options
The City of Canton has been closely monitoring the recent reports and information on COVID 19, commonly referred to as coronavirus, over the last several weeks. Like you, we have watched as this illness has moved into our country, our state and now our community. While the City is not the public health organization for our area, we have been working closely to learn more information from our public health partners with the North Georgia Health District, Georgia Department of Public Health, Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization. This communication is not meant to alarm you, but to let you know that the City of Canton, like you, is working to prepare for the spread of illness over the coming weeks and months.
First and foremost, this is a season of sickness that goes beyond COVID 19. Influenza, other strands of colds, seasonal allergies, and the stomach virus are going around the local community. While COVID 19 is certainly taking the bulk of news time, these other illnesses are just as important to watch for and using good health hygiene can assist in limiting their spread. We encourage the tried and true hygiene practices of hand-washing for at least twenty seconds with soap and water, using hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available, and coughing/sneezing into a tissue or the crook of the arm help to prevent the spread of germs. The City of Canton continues to share this message on our social media platforms and encourages these best practices among our employees. One added practice that we have stressed to employees is the importance of staying home if the employee is ill or caring for a dependent that is ill. We stress that message with you as well. Please do not come to City Hall if you are sick. You may call the main line at 770-704-1500 and someone will assist you. You may also email a request or concern to TellUs@cantonga.gov.
We will certainly learn more about this COVID 19 illness in the coming weeks as testing ramps up, science looks for vaccines and the novelty of individual cases wears off. There will be more cases in our community and the virus will spread. We want to assure you that the City of Canton is prepared to meet this and other illnesses during this season with efficient service options and the general welfare of our workforce and citizens as a top priority.
"The health and safety of our citizens is always our top priority. As in the past, we will rise to meet this challenge while continuing to move Canton forward. Our Council's committee work will continue as we formulate a road map for the future, and we will communicate the latest information on the COVID-19 situation as well as others that may impact our great City and its citizens,” said Mayor Bill Grant.
Beginning today, the City is postponing all non-essential public meetings. The City Council will continue to have its regular monthly meetings and meetings that are required due to ordinance processes will continue. Monthly meetings by City boards, commissions and authorities that are not required will be postponed for the next several weeks. Regarding City Council meetings, the agendas including all documentation for each meeting are available on the City’s website as well as a link to watch meetings by internet live or post meeting in a recorded format. If the public would like to participate in public comment on items on the agenda, but do not wish to attend, they can always provide the comments via email at TellUs@cantonga.gov. These comments will be distributed to the Mayor and Council.
Under this short-term procedure, the Housing Forum scheduled for Thursday, March 12 at 6 p.m. at the Canton Theatre is being postponed until a later date. We do plan to roll-out some of the information that would have been covered in that event via social media and the City website in the next week and will continue working on our housing strategy, which includes issuing a contract for a comprehensive housing study at the March 19 Council meeting.
Citizens have reached out to the City concerned about utility services, particularly citizens in our senior population. There will not be a disruption to water or sewer services at any time. We have also been assured by our sanitation provider that services will continue as they are currently provided. We encourage those residents and businesses that are part of the City of Canton utility system to take advantage of cost-free auto-drafts for bill payments or utilizing the drop box at City Hall for payments by check. Credit Card payments are an additional option but do come with a convenience fee for the customer.
We will continue to monitor health advisories and any requirements placed upon local governments by the Georgia Department of Public Health. To keep up to date on current health related information, we encourage you to visit one of the websites listed below.
The City of Canton is here to serve its residents and businesses and will continue to update information on its website (www.cantonga.gov) and via social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).