As of this writing on Wednesday March 25, we continue to have few employees not able to report to work. Although I anticipate this figure will drop over the coming days and weeks, over the past 24 hours, 88.8% of our employees (including the Jacobs contract employees responsible for sewer collection and treatment, though not technically city employees) actually worked in their assigned shift. This is not very much below a typical workday’s number of absences.
Also on the employee front, starting today, seven employees have been approved to work from home, and implementation of this has commenced and is expected to be completed not later than Friday. Employees reporting to City facilities and our contract cleaning crews continue to work hard to keep our City facilities sanitized and maintaining social distance from one another.
This morning, our Police Department had a very good conference call with managers of the major grocery providers in West Melbourne (Sam’s Club, Wal-Mart, the two Publix stores, the Target store, and the Gordon Food Service retail store) to assist with orderly, social-distanced customer queuing, most particularly as stores open. One store is starting a new drive up service early tomorrow morning for a limited number of customers, and we will be there to help things go smoothly as possible on day one of a new service.
Much thanks today to Brevard Public Schools, who are for the time being allowing us to only assign one contracted School Resource Officer for the three public schools on Wingate. SRO Willie Paz is there to assist school employees and the breakfast and lunch distribution operation while schools do not have students attending in person. This allows us, in combination with the SROs from the two charter schools, to fill each of the four squads with one additional Police Officer – the two day squads and the two graveyard squads. This is particularly good news given that in future days and weeks, we may very well have a fair number of Police Officers being out ill.
The Brevard Public Schools’ distribution of two breakfasts and two lunches to children at Central Middle School has been going smoothly since it started Monday morning. On Friday, I will seek to find out from BPS how many meals they distributed this first week of their operation at Central Middle.
Call volumes into City Hall today were much, much lower than normal – an eerily low volume. Building inspections have continued at a normal volume, and new building permit applications continue to be taken and processed.
One of our smallest departments, the Planning Department is, as of this afternoon, working virtually. The persons and organizations Planning typically works with have been provided the information for us to continue to accept and process planning applications.
The Board of Adjustment meeting originally scheduled for tomorrow had no scheduled agenda items, so it was an easy one to cancel. And the April 14 Planning and Zoning Board meeting did not have any external applications scheduled, so we have cancelled that meeting as well. One applicant is trying to target their application for consideration of a final plat for our May Planning and Zoning and City Council meeting cycle, and we continue processing that application as if those hearings will indeed be conducted as currently scheduled.
In the meantime, there are no public hearings and only administrative items currently scheduled for our next regularly scheduled City Council meeting on April 7, and, considering the Governor’s executive order yesterday (Executive Order Number 20-83, Section 2) advising not having gatherings of ten or more people, it will be my recommendation to cancel that one as well and consider those administrative agenda items together with the other currently scheduled items on April 21. This will give us more lead time to work out the challenging logistics that meet the new order’s requirements.