SHARPSVILLE — During the COVID-19 pandemic, borough Manager Ken Robertson has taken on an additional duty, along with running Sharpsville’s day-to-day operations.
Robertson and the borough office’s two employees have daily been cleaning the offices. Sharpsville had contracted with a service to clean the building twice a week, but Robertson said they discontinued the cleaning agency for safety reasons.
“We didn’t want to risk them getting the virus or introducing the virus to the building,” Robertson said.
Even though Sharpsville hasn’t had any cleaning crews coming in, the borough has been spending additional money on supplies, Robertson said.
Now, it might get that additional expense back.
Sharpsville Council unanimously authorized an agreement with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency’s Public Assistance Grant Program at its meeting last week. The program could reimburse the borough for at least some of the cost of COVID-related supplies, Manager Ken Robertson said.
Those supplies include Purell hand sanitizer, sanitizer pumps, wipes, and masks. These supplies are used not just by the borough manager and the two office employees, but everyone, including the police department and street department, Robertson said.
Since March, the borough has spent about $11,000 to $12,000 on cleaning supplies, Robertson said.
Borough officials will submit an application to PEMA this week. After that, the state agency will contact Sharpsville about its detailed costs as a result of the pandemic.
“They’ll tell us what the next step in the process is,” Robertson said of PEMA.
It is unknown at this time how quickly the borough will get a response from PEMA, but Robertson said he expected the state agency would work through the process as “quickly as they can.”
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