Irvington council meets on the commons to declare emergency, set budget calendar

by Jackie Nunnery

Residents arrived by golf cart and car to the Irvington council meeting on the commons. Photo by Jackie Nunnery

IRVINGTON—The Irvington Town Council on April 28 held a special called meeting, the first since social distancing measures were put in place in mid-March, resulting in the postponement of many public meetings. Residents and council members gathered on the town commons, with flags marking off the required 6-foot separation among participants.

In a 6-0 vote, council passed a resolution affirming the state and county declarations of emergency and officially declaring an emergency in the town. Michael Bombay, Jackie Brown, Wayne Nunnally, Kathleen Pollard, Bonnie Schaschek and Frances Westbrook supported the measure. In another unanimous vote, council passed an emergency ordinance to make temporary changes to public meetings and procedures.

Since you’ve declared an emergency you can adopt electronic meetings for any meeting that is under the jurisdiction of the town council,” advised town attorney Nancyellen Keane. “This has to be re-upped every 60 days for a maximum of six months.”

In addition to meeting changes, the ordinance empowers the mayor to…