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Public health emergency declared in Falls Village

FALLS VILLAGE — First Selectman Henry Todd said on Monday morning, March 23, that he has declared a public health emergency for the town.

Todd said the declaration means that “if we have to spend a whole load of money” the federal government will subsequently reimburse the town for “most of it.”

Many if not most towns in the Northwest Corner have issued such declarations, he added.

Todd praised Gov. Ned Lamont’s actions during the COVID-19 crisis. “I think he’s doing an excellent job, especially in keeping everybody well-informed.”

The governor’s recent executive order relaxing the rules and procedures on town budget procedures has been a big help, Todd said. “It allows us to have a lot more flexibility in decision-making, and to get them done in time.”

Todd said budget meetings and other critical activities will be hosted on Zoom, an online meeting service.

Working out the logistics of Zoom meetings was on his agenda for Monday afternoon.

Todd said the instructions from Zoom are pretty straightforward, but some people would require assistance getting it set up.

He urged residents to regularly check the town website for information, at www.canaanfallsvillage.org. For updates on the governor’s executive orders and other COVID-19 information, go to www.portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus.

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