Current Alderman Mark Greene was sworn in as mayor pro tem on  Dec. 14 at the town of Elon regular session Board of Aldermen meeting where the town approved a pedestrian walkway and new COVID-19 sick leave policy.

Pedestrian walkway

Assistant town manager Pamela DeSoto gave a presentation at the Dec. 6 meeting regarding the addition of a pedestrian walkway on Elon University’s campus. This pedestrian walkway will serve to connect Danieley Center residents with the rest of campus and will go through the Colonnades parking lot. The Board voted to approve the walkway and construction will begin once the technology committee approves the plan.

COVID-19 sick leave policy

The board voted to approve a new COVID-19 sick policy for all town employees to have 80 hours of COVID sick leave, separate from annual sick leave. This policy was presented to the board last week, as the town positivity rate is rising. There are currently no active cases among town employees, according to town manager Rich Roedner. 

“Please, residents, staff, everyone, please be diligent,” Mayor Emily Sharpe said. “I know that it has been easy to get a little casual on mask wearing, but my ask of everyone is to remember that your mask protects everyone else … it means that you are caring for those in your community and I think that’s definitely in line with our values here in the town of Elon.”

The town of Elon town hall will be closed Dec. 23, 24, 27 and 31 in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.