“If theres any kind of chemicals or paint on your trees we can’t take those because it will contaminate the compost and obviously we can’t take your fake trees just your regular run of the mill pine trees,” said Brewer. That compost will then be made available to the community just in time for the spring growing season. From there the county will take those dead trees and break them down, turning them into compost. “The compost will be available to all residents in the Spring,” Brewer said. “It’s meant for just residential purposes and you can come pick it up any time in the spring,” said Brewer. “There’s two drop offs for the county,” said Jessica Brewer, Materials Recovery Manager for Broome County. “You can come to the landfill directly and we have a roll off bin or you can take it to Grippen Park” Brewer said. Brewer also says to make sure your tree hasn’t been treated with chemicals, and is real, before dropping it off. ENDICOTT (WBNG) — The Broome County Division of Solid Waste Management is happy to take your Christmas Tree off your hands. Brewer says the county asks that you remove all decorations before dropping the tree off. The county will be accepting trees until the end of January
The additional staff will disinfect commonly touched surfaces like concession stands, door handles, railings and seats to prevent the spread of germs. The additions come ahead of a busy weekend of events, with the Binghamton Devils taking the ice on Friday and Saturday, and the Section IV Boys and Girls New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) Basketball finals on Sunday. “What we don’t want to see is people to stop coming to our venue, stop coming to the events we have here,” Marion said. “The safety and security of our patrons, tenants, of our employees is a top priority of ours,” Marion said. “We have additional staff coming in to wipe down and disinfect commonly touched surfaces like concessions, doorways, railings, seats.” Posters explaining proper health etiquette will be posted at various locations as well, to keep not just customers and fans safe, but employees as well. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Coronavirus has infected multiple people in New York State, and with deaths being reported in other states across the country, the virus is forcing sports arenas to take action. The new measures will run indefinitely, according to Marion. The arena is following suggestions from local, state and federal governments. General manager of the arena Chris Marion told 12 News more employees and staff members will be added to do deeper cleanings of the facilities. The arena employees will also install more hand sanitizing units throughout the building. “They have relatively close contact with our patrons, everything from taking the tickets, searching the bags and showing them to their seats,” Marion said. The Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena has added new safety measures to the building to address the concerns the virus poses. The announced via Twitter today it will not move the dates or locations of any championship events at this time.
Workers will be required to wear masks when they cannot be socially distant. Summer road paving Around 25 miles of road will be paved this summer, including Farm to Market Road. (WBNG) — Broome County Executive Jason Garnar announced the county will commit to paving major county roads this summer. 49 people have died from the virus and 524 people have recovered. Garnar says despite the $15 million loss in revenue due to the coronavirus, it’s important to continue to focus on county infrastructure. For a map detailing where cases are located in Broome County, click here. The county will keep a list of what roads and when the will be paved on their website. There are 49 active cases of the coronavirus in Broome County. In total, 622 cases of the virus have been reported. Broome County June 17 coronavirus Coronavirus numbers
New York State’s guidance also prevents gyms from operating at more than one-third capacity, which could take a toll on gyms trying to economically recover. Synergy Athletics says they have a few different options to keep their members working out in alternative ways. “A few weeks ago things didn’t look so good for us getting that information, and then all of a sudden it came out,” said Synergy Athletics President Joe Hashey. “We’re excited to serve our members again.” VESTAL (WBNG) — Gyms are getting pumped to reopen on Monday. In order to open, one local gym has made lots of changes for your next workout. In order to reopen, they’ve made adjustments like creating individualized workout pods. Members will be required to wear masks while working out, and the max time you can spend in the gym is 45 minutes. “We’re going to continue to support them online. Some of the members that really need to get in and have that accountability of training with a personal trainer, they’ll fit well within our capacity and we’ll be able to serve them,” said Hashey. Synergy Athletics has also introduced UV air filtration systems, as well as MERV-13 filters, to help prevent any spread of the virus through HVAC systems. Like many other gyms across New York, Synergy Athletics closed its doors in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, with new guidance and set date for reopening, gyms are ready to get back to the grind. “One of the considerations was the distance of when people breathe during exercise and it might travel further, so our cardio equipment is now about 20 feet apart,” said Hashey. New York State guidance will also require gym-goers to sign in for contact tracing purposes if there are any positive COVID-19 cases.