Editor’s Note: A Facebook post incorrectly linked a story from March regarding Glenville Town Hall. This is the correct story containing the most recent information.
GLENVILLE — With COVID-19 cases on the rise again across the state, nation and Capital Region, Glenville has decided to again close its Town Hall to the public, starting Monday.
“The number of positive Covid cases continues to trend upward and the state dashboard now has Schenectady County at 3.5 percent daily infection rate — this is more than double what the rate was when we decided to re-open in May,” said Town Supervisor Chris Koetzle, who closed the building by executive order on Wednesday.
He said he consulted Deputy Supervisor Gina Wierzbowski, the town attorney and town department heads before making the decision, which will keep the Glenridge Road building closed to the general public indefinitely.
The decision means the public will no longer be able to have walk-in visits. Many town services will be available on-line, though Koetzle said people who need in-person help will still be able to get an appointment.
The decision comes three days after Saratoga Springs City Hall was closed indefinitely Sunday and all administrative employees sent home, after a city legal department employee who was in the building Thursday and Friday tested positive for COVID over the weekend.
Koetzle said his evidence for local transmission of the virus in Glenville is anecdotal, but he’d rather be pro-active than get into a situation like the one in Saratoga. The new order gives department heads the authority to let employees work remotely, particularly if they may be vulnerable to illness.
“I believe that this is the most prudent step at this juncture that will, undoubtedly, help protect our staff and residents from any unnecessary exposure,” he said.
The Town Hall was closed to the public from mid-March to mid-May during the first wave of COVID-19, and it remains one of the few municipalities to fully re-open its buildings to the public. Many other communities continue to operate by appointment-only.
“There’s been no issue here, but we don’t want to get to that point,” Koetzle said. “If you wait, it’s too late.”