After being announced on April 1, 2020, that the Hopatcong Fire Department would provide “Birthday Parades by Fire Truck” services for the kids, they had to place the offer on hold until there was clarification on Governor’s order 104.
During the New Business section of the Council meeting on April 15, 2020, Mayor Michael Francis provided the needed clarification and worked with the council to approve Birthdays by Fire Truck with some restrictions.
“I spoke with the Governor’s office directly and Executive Order 104 doesn’t prohibit this, but they asked that we keep it small. To me, that means just two or three fire trucks.” Stated Mayor Michael Francis.
The subject was proposed by Mayor Michael Francis during the New Business section of the meeting, “I would like to allow residents to walk along the paths of Modick Park, as long as they abide by all of the orders of the Governor.”
Councilmember Jennifer Johnson expressed support, “I think they are equally concerned with the social distancing… I think it’s a good thing as long as they are following the rules.”
Guidelines Passed back to the Chiefs:
Limit of 2 – 3 Vehicles
Fire Officials to ensure Social Distancing
The news that the Birthday Parades were back on was quickly received by Shaun Poland, Hopatcong Fire Chief who added, “We glad to do this for the community and the kids, it really brings them joy in these difficult times.”