The Village of Saugerties will hold its annual spring cleanup, starting April 13. Trustee Terry Parisian said the workers will keep the six-foot “social distancing” required to prevent transmission of the coronavirus, “so it will take a little bit longer to do.” The pickup period was initially scheduled to be completed by April 24.
Mayor William Murphy said he had spoken to DPW director Richard Forbes, who said his crews are currently working in smaller shifts because of the virus. “I told him normally you have four guys on that crew, but if you need to call in another two workers, then do it. If you have to go full crew, then go full crew.” The department has been working short schedules, with half the crew on for two weeks, while other workers stay home, then a shift for two weeks.
Murphy also noted that with the need to maintain village streets and roads, the Department of Public Works will be considered an essential occupation, which would grant it some exceptions to the rules imposed on organizations during the pandemic.