(March 17, 2020) PUBLIC NOTICE: Town of Round Hill Declares Declaration of Local Emergency in Response to COVID-19

Round Hill

(March 17, 2020) PUBLIC NOTICE: Town of Round Hill Declares Declaration of Local Emergency in Response to COVID-19 
A Declaration of Local Emergency has been issued by the Town of Round Hill Town Administrator, Melissa Hynes starting on March 17, 2020. This decision follows today’s announcement by Governor Ralph Northam which outlines new measures to combat the COVID-19 virus, which included an adherence to a 10-person gathering ban and a self-quarantine for high-risk individuals, specifically adults over the age of 65 years old. A declaration of a statewide emergency was made by Governor Northam last week and a declaration of local emergency was made by Loudoun County Administrator Tim Hemstreet yesterday (on March 16, 2020).  
Town Administrator Melissa Hynes also serves as the Town of Round Hill’s Director of Emergency Management. She has made this decision in consultation with the Mayor and Town Council of Round Hill who will be meeting on March 19, 2020 to confirm the Declaration of Local Emergency.  
Town Administrator Hynes declared a Declaration of Local Emergency because it gives the Town of Round Hill the ability to act quickly and swiftly to respond to the COVID-19 virus. This declaration makes the Town of Round Hill eligible for federal relief funding as it becomes available; and it provides the ability to implement emergency plans and processes that can be put into place rapidly to address the situation as needed. This should not be cause for further alarm, but a signal that the Mayor and Town Council are in constant coordination with Loudoun County and the State of Virginia, and are responding in a proactive, efficient and effective manner to this unprecedented situation.   
In an effort to maintain consistency with the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding social distancing, and directives from Governor Northam, the Town Office will be closed to the visitors effective Friday, March 20, 2020.  
For water/sewer utility service inquiries you may email [email protected].  In lieu of making payments in person, the Town offers multiple other payment options:   1) US Mail: PO Box 36, Round Hill, Virginia 2) Secure 24-Hour Drop Box:  A payment drop box is located on the back porch of the Town Office.  3) Additional Payment Options: including electronic payment options, can be found at https://www.roundhillva.org/home/pages/bill-payments 
If you need any assistance, please call 540-338-7878 or email the Town Administrator at [email protected] If the need arises, on a case-by-case basis, staff will work with citizens to make arrangements to accommodate requests for in-person service.  
The Town Leadership Team is continually monitoring this situation to determine how to best mitigate impacts of the COVID-19 virus on the Town of Round Hill. Our most critical public duty is to provide water and sewer service to over 3,000 residents. The Town Utility Staff are committed to continue to provide water and sewer service without disruption.  The Town Office Staff will continue to serve the Town of Round Hill and will work diligently on their daily duties, long term assignments and capital projects in order to move the Town forward during this public health crisis.      
Please note that the Town Staff are preparing for the Town Council Meeting to be held on March 19, 2020 that will include a Public Hearing for the FY2021 Budget, Tax Rates, and Fees at 7:30 pm at the Town Office. If you would like your questions or comments on the budget to be shared with the Town Council ahead of time, please email the Town Administrator at [email protected]va.org by 4:30  pm on March 19, 2020.