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ST. JOSEPH CHARTER TOWNSHIP: "Stay Home, Stay Safe" executive order

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By Press release submission | Mar 25, 2020

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St. Joseph Charter Township issued the following announcement on March 24.

Following this  "Stay Home, Stay Safe" executive order, MTA has been working with our Legal Counsel to ascertain the impacts on our townships, and has created a new “MTA Q&A of Township Considerations for COVID-19, per Gov. Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-21.” You can access the guidance here: https://bit.ly/2UfrLYN

Some of the key issues noted in the new MTA guidance are:

• Township board members are considered “workers who are necessary to sustain or protect life.” That means you can continue to hold township meetings—either in-person, taking the necessary precautions, or via telephone using a teleconference service, or a video call. (Note: In addition to our guidelines for holding virtual meetings and teleconference resources page, we are also working on a how-to video for townships using a conference call or video conference for the first time. We know this is new territory for a lot of you!)

• This means that the budget public hearing, annual meeting of the electors, final meeting of the March board of review, and possibly the election commission meeting to appoint election workers can be held in one of those three manners.

• Additional “workers necessary to sustain or protect life” include law enforcement, first responders, public safety, public works workers, and others.

Additional detail is provided in today’s updated guidance document on EO 2020-21. We are also working to provide video updates and additional podcasts on a variety of facets impacting townships as we navigate these uncertain and ever-changing times (look for those soon!).

Original source can be found here.

Source: St. Joseph Charter Township

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