At this time, MIRA does not anticipate any reduction in services to the public, or to our work items, as long as our offices are permitted to remain open. There are persons from the general public that visit the MIRA office every day, be it a septic to sewer grant application, a contractor, a development proposal, general advice and information, facade grants, meetings with engineers and architects, and other projects we are working on. Normally, there are no more than 5 person, including clients in the MIRA office at one time.So, we maintain social distancing, and after these guests depart we take necessary precautions. Further, we are cancelling MIRA Board and Committee Meetings until we are encouraged to have gatherings of 10+ persons, or emergency orders allow online meetings with Board Members, with a system that is accessible to the public.
If our offices are closed, or our staff have compromising health issues that are questionable, we will take our work from home; check email, voicemail, make calls, continue to deliver services, and meet with clients in the field, if permitted to do so. Staff is learning how to make the VPN connections, and staff will utilize Zoom conferencing for Staff Meetings. If staff are working at home, certain hours of the day, we will be certain to have office coverage, for the general public, during normal working hours for as long as the building remains open.
The County wide MIRA Brownfield Seminar, scheduled for April 2nd, has become a Webinar. We are taking precautions to the fullest extent we can to keep touched surfaces sanitized, and hands clean, pursuant to CDC guidelines, on a 2-hour basis.