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10/16/2020 - The Fall season is upon us

Welcome Fall!

As you read this column the kids are back in school and the fall is starting to set in. I certainly hope you enjoyed this very unique
summer.

The issue on everyone’s mind continues to be the effects of COVID-19 on our health and daily lives.  In Woodland Park, as of the writing of this article, here are a few statistics that put into perspective the serious nature and threat that COVID-19 presented from a public health perspective and from an economic impact:
• We have experienced 427 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.
• We have had 17 tragic deaths due to COVID-19.
• Our residents have filed 3,014 unemployment claims since March 2020.
• Borough revenue in the Building Department has remained consistent with 2018 and 2019.
• Collections in the Municipal Court are down 36% in 2020, due to less summonses being written, less people traveling during the height of the pandemic and due to courts being closed for an extended period.
• Tax collection for the quarter due May 1 was 99.22%. Collection for the August deadline was 98.29%.
• The Woodland Park School District is open for five one-session days per week, with approximately 50% of students attending school in person and 50% of students learning virtually.

These statistics, while important, cannot illustrate the challenges of the public health emergency.  We owe a great debt of gratitude to all our health care workers and first responders.  Our Police Department, Fire Department and First Aid Squad have exhibited tremendous bravery and sacrifice when responding to calls, many of which were and continue to be COVID-19 related.  I ask you to continue to support these agencies but in spirit and, when possible, financially.

I also want to thank you, for doing your part and being responsible citizens as we continue to work to keep each other safe and healthy.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact my office anytime at 973-345-8100, ext. 211, if you have any questions, concerns or ideas for our town.