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Londonderry Township employees working from home as supervisor meetings held remotely

Londonderry Township Building
Londonderry Township Building

Londonderry Township business is continuing as staff members work from home because of the coronavirus, township manager Steve Letavic told the Press & Journal this week.

"We actually got out ahead of this thing before some folks. I put in place the ability to work from home for all of our administrative staff," Letavic said via phone.

The essential functions of the township are still happening. Letavic said there's a lock box in the front of the building at 783 South Geyers Church Road for mail, permits, payments and plans. The public works department is still working, but Letavic said they are taking precautions.

He said there are 10 township employees, and five are working from home. Three public works employees and two with Sunset Golf Course are working on site using appropriate precautions.  Sunset Golf Course and Sunset Bar & Grill are closed until further notice.

He said he was sharing information he receives from the governor, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, elected officials and other sources on the township's website.

Letavic said he hadn't heard of any issues in utility continuity. Londonderry residents have well water, and Met-Ed provides the power.

Met-Ed's parent company, FirstEnergy, announced March 13 that its 10 electric utilities would discontinue power shut-offs for people who are behind on their bills.

Each township resident hires their own trash collector.

Londonderry will continue to hold its board of supervisors meetings remotely, he said. The township's first remote meeting was held March 17.

According to Letavic, there will be information on how to log onto Zoom for the meetings on the township’s website and a hard copy will be on the door to the township.

During the meeting, Vice Chairman Bart Shellenhamer expressed concern about the cybersecurity for staff working from home.

"I understand the continuity of government and folks working from home and everything else. The thing that scares me is all the cyber-options,” he said.

He asked if the staff had access to the township network on personal devices and on a secure internet connection. Letavic said the township set up through its IT firm, Omega Systems, portals for staff to access township servers remotely, but he assured the supervisors that they had "robust" security measures.

"Reaching into our server does not mean that every person has access to everything," Letavic said.