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Greetings Greenwich friends and neighbors.
When you dial 911 in Greenwich, the Public Safety Dispatchers are the first line emergency responders to take your call. This week is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week and provides us the opportunity to honor their service to our community.
At any time, three to five dispatchers sit behind their wall of monitors, ready to answer emergency and non-emergency calls for service and send help on the way. The Greenwich Public Safety Dispatch team consists of three Lead Dispatchers and 13 Public Safety Dispatchers. This dedicated team answers more than 40,000 calls for service each year.
This is how Police Chief Jim Heavey explained the vital work the dispatchers perform. The chain starts with someone calling the Public Safety Dispatch Center for help. The Dispatcher must quickly ask the right questions to assess the call to determine the proper next step. The call may be a medical emergency where they give instructions on performing CPR; or a structure fire where they need to dispatch the right apparatus to the scene; or comforting or guiding a victim of domestic violence on how to stay safe until police arrive. They often give instructions, assess the situation, and dispatch the first responders simultaneously. They are the first and crucial link in the emergency response chain.
It's also about teamwork among the dispatchers. They are not a supporting function for First Responders, they are the initial link in the First Responder network.
The Public Safety Communications Center dispatches for all Greenwich Police, Fire, and Emergency Medical Service calls for the Town of Greenwich. They also monitor all the radio systems used by the other Town of Greenwich Departments.
I know that you’ll join me in thanking our dispatch team for the dedicated efforts in helping us 24/7.
We are seeing an uptick in the number of cases reported. According to our Health Director Caroline Baisley, there is an average of 40 new cases being reported daily. A week ago, the Town was averaging 13 new cases a day. These numbers reflect the cases reported to the state. The infection rate does not include those cases diagnosed via a home test kit.
As of today, Greenwich Hospital was treating 8 COVID-19 patients, one of whom is on a ventilator in the Intensive Care Unit. The Yale-New Haven Health system has a total of 57 patients. Our public schools report there were 61 new cases reported on Tuesday, April 12 with 51 active cases. The breakdown: 43 students, 2 teachers, 2 service providers, 1 administrator and 3 non-teaching staff members. To date, there have been 2,456 COVID cases recorded by the school district.
As of April 12, the total number of resident COVID cases (since the pandemic began in March 2020) increased to 12,225. The number of residents whose deaths have been attributed to COVID remains at 121.
With the Easter and Passover holidays, as well as spring break, the CDC announced today that face masks will be required on all public transportation until May 3. It is my hope that with this uptick and the holidays, that people exercise their option to wear a mask if social distancing isn’t possible.
With the warmer spring weather upon us, this is a great time to visit our parks, beaches, hiking trails and greenspaces.
Log onto the Yale New Haven Health website to find a booster vaccine site.
Family Centers is offering weekday vaccine and testing clinics at 111 Wilbur Peck Court. Details can be found here.
The Connecticut Department of Public Health is offering mobile vaccine clinics. Information on locations can be found here.
Run, bike & swim
Greenwich Emergency Medical Service will hold its 2nd annual GEMS Kids Triathlon. It will be held on Sunday, June 12 at 8 a.m. at Greenwich High School. The event format will be a pool swim, on-campus bike course, and on-campus run course. There will be four age groups for youngsters age 6 to 14 years old. There will be participation awards, T-shirts, goody bags, and age-group awards. Sign up at www.gemskidstri.org
Eversource on double poles
I wanted to share the latest information we received from Eversource regarding the process to remove double poles.
Double poles should be reported via Eversource customer service (800) 286-2000.
All utility poles are not owned by Eversource. Custodianship is split between multiple utilities. The utility companies share their pole work communications through a dedicated platform.
Here is the process explanation provided by Eversource:
The completion of work by one utility triggers the sign-off and transfer.
The locations then get auto-assigned to the next attached utility, who is then notified to perform their transfer.
This step repeats until all attached utilities are notified and the pole is bare.
Once the pole is bare, the communication platform automatically routes notification to the pole custodian for removal.
In accordance to current PURA guidelines, there is a 12-or 18-month window to remove the old bare pole depending on whether it is a state highway or not.
Each attached utility is allotted a 45-day timeframe to complete their transfer.
Earth Day celebration
I hope that many of you will join me and other Town officials and Sustainability Committee members for the reading of the Earth Day on Friday, April 22 at 3:30 p.m. The proclamation presentation will take place on the front steps of Town Hall. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the Town Hall Meeting Room.
For more ways to celebrate Earth Month, see this calendar of community events and programs.
Leaf blower reminder
Under Section 6B-6 of our municipal code, “No person shall operate or permit the operation of any gasoline-powered leaf blower between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. Monday through Friday and between 3:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. Saturday, Sunday and Holidays.”
For those who are celebrating Passover and Easter, I wish you a season filled with peace and joy. Happy Pesach. Happy Easter.
Stay safe and wishing you the best,