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ASSOCIATION RESPONSES / ACTIONS to COVID-19 CRISIS - updated 4/20/20 cont'd from "Home" page
We can accomplish our goal through collaboration and sharing of our actions, our ideas, and / or our examples. Please keep in mind that we are dealing with a very dynamic situation where conditions and regulations can change weekly, daily and even hour-to hour. At this time, please consider where applicable:
Association Communications to members and staff (often, clear, and factual) -
- Only immediate family members (that shelter in the same household) should be on a boat
- Neighbors, other extended family members should not be on a boat
- Need to observe the rules so that we do not have further restrictions imposed on our boating privileges.
- Again, no gatherings are allowed. Obey applicable rules
Financial / Budgets
- Prepare to deal with more financial hardships from members, those who have already paid or can’t pay. Refer to website tab entitled "Legal" addressing Emergency Legislation affecting Lake Associations by Eileen Born Esq.
- Consider preparing two or three budgets – one business as usual, one as constrained, and perhaps one addressing worst case scenario; update as appropriate
- Prudent decrease and/or postponement of typical monthly operational expenses and non-critical capital investments
- For those associations with Finance Committees, plan to hold frequent virtual meetings
- Clarify arrangements for payment of dues, current special assessments, etc. If not already in place, consider time-payment plans.
Meetings – General, Board, Committee, Municipal and Agencies
- Most lakes hold general meetings in May or June. Consider teleconferencing
- If necessary, contact legal counsel for advice related to changing State statutes and related government documents, including local health and municipal directives.
- Compliance with Federal, State, and local regulations, advisories, and directives, including those from the local Health Department. These regulations may / will change as the Federal and State Three-Phase Economic Recovery Plan is implemented. Regulations apply to both interior and exterior environments, including work space environments. Most important to follow the advised preventative measures and tips being recommended
- Closure / discontinuation of congregation in outside areas: courts, playgrounds, beaches, pools, and possibly other facilities. NJCOLA is requesting the most current guidance from the local Health Department (to be covered by a memo from Richard Carlson of NJCOLA)
- Richard Carlson will also address certification and training of lifeguards, as well as postponement of the Aquatic Safety Coalition Symposium usually held annually at the YMCA (memo to follow)
- Apply to walking paths, bicycle paths and dog walking, as necessary
- Delay committing to additional summer staff until late May or June
Three-Phase Economic Recovery Plan
- Details presented April 17, 2020. Specifics to evolve prior to and during each Phase. Expected to be different for each State and possibly regions
- Plan 2020 needs and onsite schedules as of now. Start dates may be delayed.
- Address lake treatments – discuss with vendors and lake consultants
- Maintain safe physical distances
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
- Office staff work from home via virtual platforms; only essential personnel on site
- Boat Access: Social distancing for members to access their boats and other watercraft in tight quarters must be considered. May need to consider restricting boat access to specific areas?
- Keep buildings locked
- Maintain compliance with all safety, insurance, OSHA, Health Department, Municipal and State regulations and directives and other applicable and mandated requirements
- Use maintenance staff to install docks, spring clean, begin addling eggs, and perform other essential services at this time of year
- Manage stress and anxiety
- Be aware of and address any signs of potential workplace violence situations
- Consider recognition of extraordinary staff efforts and significant work contributions
- Supply necessary personal protection equipment and other supplies to vulnerable staff
- Provide COVID-19 education to staff
- Develop a contingency plan for at-risk staff and upper staff management personnel
- The New Jersey Department of Health (interim guidelines; may experience frequent updates)
- Local Municipal Notices, Directives and Temporary Restrictions including Preparedness Plans and Responsibilities (contact your local county and municipal departments)
- The New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub
- Onsite Employee Handbook
Stay well and safe. NJCOLA will assist in fulfillment of its Mission, Goals and Commitments and commit to aid you consistent with NJCOLA’s skills and collected lake practices and water quality knowledge.
Lake Mohawk Preservation honors NJ COLA's contributions at the annual Award Event on November 17, 2017
Each November, the Lake Mohawk Preservation Foundation recognizes the compassionate and community-spirited individuals and/or organizations who give back to our community and make a difference in the lives of lake communities within the State and our community throughout the year. For 2017, NJCOLA was selected as the organizational recipient of the 3rd Annual Fran Smith Organization Award for its lake management leadership and lake community support services at the November 17, 2017 event. At the Award Event, Lake Mohawk thanked NJCOLA for its "long history of supporting the improvement of lake water quality, fostering education and exchanging information."