Walk-on resolutions would address COVID, monkeypox, school levy, and more
TRENTON, NJ – Mayor W. Reed Gusciora today proposed $750,000 for COVID-19 and monkeypox testing, vaccination, and monitoring programs, and is asking Council to consider the measure at their meeting this evening. Funding for the health services comes from American Rescue Plan funding.
The resolution will be walked onto tonight’s City Council meeting by Councilwoman Marge Caldwell-Wilson, among four emergent issues the Administration is asking City Council to consider tonight at their meeting.
The second walk-on resolution offered by the Administration is a second attempt to secure approval for grant-funded personal protection equipment for firefighters. Council leadership failed to pass the measure at their July meeting.
The third walk-on resolution would award a contract for 12 demolitions of dilapidated structures which contribute to blight and, in some cases, pose a threat to public safety. [PHOTOS BELOW]
The fourth walk-on resolution asks the Council body to approve the City’s obligation to the Trenton Public Schools budget, a $24 million school taxy levy that contributes to the district’s overall budget of $383 million. The levy appropriation has been held up due to Council President Kathy McBride’s refusal to sign off in her official capacity. The school board has filed a civil lawsuit to seek Council's approval of the measure, as is their ministerial duty.
“With Council pay raises on the docket, let's hope they have enough time to fit in the business of the City,” Gusciora said. "These are emergent issues and some of these are going before Council for a second time."
Yesterday, the City of Trenton recorded its first case of monkeypox, among 4 others in Mercer County. Spread via skin-to-skin contact, respiratory droplets, or intimate contact, monkeypox presents flu-like symptoms and a rash of pimples or blisters. Tests must be sent to a lab and symptoms will require close monitoring from local health departments. Once testing positive, a person must quarantine for 28 days.
There is a vaccine to protect against monkeypox, though New Jersey has a limited supply and requires an application that the City is preparing to send.
"We need these funds in order to be proactive rather than reactive, given everything we’ve learned from the pandemic," Gusciora said. "Monkeypox is going to require its own set of health services, on top of what the City offers for COVID."
With a recent uptick in COVID-19 cases, the City’s Department of Health and Human Services needs to make the necessary preparations to continue offering testing, vaccinations, and contract tracing in addition to the emerging monkeypox emergency.
For more information on monkeypox symptoms, how to protect yourself, testing and treatment please visit this link.
For more information on COVID-19 variants BA.5 please visit this link.
Below are several properties in a demolition package before Council tonight.
41 and 43 Delawareview Avenune.
1129 East State Street.
57 Asbury Street.