The Town of Edson held a special meeting of the Emergency Management Advisory Committee on Tuesday night to discuss various issues surrounding COVID-19. This included Council, a limited number of Administration, and representatives from Alberta Health Services and the RCMP.
One thing to come out of the meeting was that the Town will continue to enforce its own rule of having gatherings consist of no more than 10 people. Playgrounds in Edson remain open to the public at this time but social distancing should be practiced.
While other communities have declared a Local State of Emergency, the Town of Edson has not had to take those steps, and officials say they won’t have to use that option if residents continue to respect the health guidelines set forth.
The Committee reviewed reports from various departments and discussed ways the Town can help residents deal with the fallout from the Coronavirus crisis. The committee discussed a number of measures but they still require official Council approval.
A utility penalty deferral, if approved, would mean no penalities will occur for non-payment on utility bills for the months of March through July.
While those payments will still need to be made, customers will have until the end of 2020 to catch up on those balances. Penalties will be reinstated in August, but for new balances only.
Council is also looking at pushing back the property tax payment due date. Tax notices will still go out as normal, however, the payment deadline will now be September 30th, 2020.
The Town is also looking at the impact these measures will have on the Town’s budget, and Council will release more details after doing a budget review.