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Municipalities announce office closures, procedures

Nesquehoning, Walnutport and Palmerton boroughs have joined the ranks of municipalities closing their offices to the public.

“The health and well-being of our customers, employees and community is our top priority,” a statement by Nesquehoning states. “We understand the concern you may be experiencing surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and are committed to being responsive to the needs of our customers and employees as the situation evolves.”

The borough offices will be closed to minimize employees’ exposure to the public. Utility bills should be paid by mailed check or online as available.

Council is actively monitoring recommendations and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and federal, state and local agencies to help ensure the actions that are being taken are in line with best practices.

The borough is also actively communicating with its employees to ensure that the entire organization is prepared to act on any guidance that may be received.

“Please know that we have and will continue to monitor this situation and take whatever steps we can to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 for our customers, while providing you the level of service you deserve and expect.”

If you need to do business with the Nesquehoning Police, Borough or Water Authority, call them at the following numbers:

• Nesquehoning Police Department: 570-669-9111 (If it is an emergency call 911)

• Nesquehoning Borough office: 570-669-9588

• Nesquehoning Water Authority: 570-669-6124

“We are asking for the public’s cooperation and understanding as we attempt to limit public exposure in an effort to rein the spread of the COVID-19 virus.”

Likewise, Palmerton also released information about the closure.

Amid coronavirus concerns, Palmerton Borough Office on Delaware Avenue has closed to the public.

The closure, which began March 16, will go through March 27, the borough said on Facebook.

Residents wanting to contact the office can do so by calling 610-826-2505.

“Please bear with us as we work with other governmental agencies,” the borough’s post reads.

Walnutport Mayor Wayne Weidner announced that in an effort to slow the progression of the disease, the borough has closed all municipal buildings to the public. With the exception of ABC Early Learning Center, recreation facility restrooms will also be closed to the public.

If a Walnutport resident needs to speak with police, call the department at 610-437-5252 to schedule an appointment or if it is an emergency, call 911.

For any other borough business, including moving permits, filing a complaint, etc., call the borough secretary-treasurer at 610-767-1322, ext. 101, and leave a message if she doesn’t answer.

Visit www.walnutportpa.org for forms, ordinances or to send a message to the borough secretary-treasurer.

The tax collector can also be reached at 610-767-1322, ext. 109, and leave a message. Taxes can be mailed in or dropped in the borough’s after-hour box to the left of the door.

The zoning officer can be reached at 610-767-1322, ext. 104, or email walnutportzoning@walnutportpa.org.

All public meetings in council chambers have been canceled until further notice.

On Monday, Summit Hill, Jim Thorpe and Lehighton announced borough office closures to protect their employees.

In the West End, Chestnuthill Township has not suspended walk-ins to the municipal building, but it is asking that people please refrain from visiting the office as much as possible.

People are urged to take advantage of the contact page, https://www.chestnuthilltwp-pa.gov/contact-us, on the website, or contact individual staff members by email. Email addresses for individual staff are listed at https://www.chestnuthilltwp-pa.gov/township-directory, or call 570-992-7247.

Polk Township asks if you are not feeling well, please attend to township business through phone 610-681-5376 or email at www.polktwp@ptd.net and someone will get back to you in a timely manner.