JACKSON – Township officials issued an update to residents on the evening of March 20 stating, that the community was coming together to deal appropriately with the worldwide pandemic which continues to dominate many aspects of residents’ daily lives.
“Working together, we continue to navigate this difficult journey. We anticipate a greater number of positive cases in the immediate future and we are working to ensure that, as a municipality, we manage the impacts with confidence that
Jackson Township will endure this challenge,” Mayor Michael Reina said.
Reina expressed his commitment to local businesses saying, “the folks who run our local businesses are the fabric of our local economy. We will seek ways to assist them in
disaster grant and aid planning. Also, I encourage all residents to patronize our businesses.”
“We need our businesses to thrive during this challenging time. As of this writing, new cases were reported in New Jersey for a total of 890 cases, two more deaths were reported under the age of 60 and adult day care services have been halted in Ocean County. Information changes quickly. We anticipate further guidance from the state over the weekend,” the mayor said.
“On the local level, we have already made a number of operational changes and expect further modifications as required,” Reina said.
Reina also provided information to stay updated. “Text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive
current, factual information. Factual information is power and can save lives. Police, Fire and EMS are available during any and all emergencies by calling 911.”
Additionally, all departments in Jackson Township continue to operate within the
guidance set forth by the federal, state and county agencies. Visit cdc.gov daily
for specific guidance and updates.
All buildings are actively disinfected by dedicated DPW staff. This is especially so for
‘touch points.’ Restrictions are in place to eliminate or reduce contact in each building.
Disinfecting also includes all outdoor playground areas as well.
Please note that new signage has been installed according to guidance from the Joint Insurance Fund. Please strictly follow the guidance and follow any new directives from the State of New
As previously reported, municipal buildings are closed to the public while staff continues
to conduct the important business of the community. Government provides critical
services for the public and this will continue with appropriate modifications. This
includes council meetings.
Council President Barry Calogero said, “the budget allows for the proper and timely
delivery of critical services to Jackson residents. The meeting to consider introduction of
the budget is scheduled for next week with social distancing guidance in place as well
as telephonic access to all council members who wish to join the meeting by phone.”
Calogero added, “in the event the state issues new directives that impact our method of budget introduction and payment of bills, we will update the public. Please view the full agenda and obtain many services online by visiting jacksontwpnj.net.
“For those items that cannot be handled online, please call the offices directly. The Coronavirus Pandemic demands serious participation and focus by every member of the community to succeed and move forward. We will continue to serve you in that capacity,” Reina said.
If you need Police non-emergency assistance, call 732-928-1111. Should residents need to
reach any of the Municipal Offices, call 732-928-1200 and follow the prompts.
The mayor added, “thank you for your partnership as we work together to protect Jackson Township’s residents and visitors – as well as our businesses – during this challenging time. We
thank all of our first responders, valued employees and volunteers for their dedication,
time and talent on behalf of Jackson residents.”