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ISPLS calls on Gov. Holcomb to protect surveyors

Monday, March 23, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Evan Hoffmeyer, Senior Communications Coordinator
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Several states have announced or already implemented stay-at-home orders. While Indiana has not as of this writing, the fact that two of our bordering states - Illinois and Ohio - have done so increases the probability our leaders will join their ranks.

ISPLS President Eric Banschbach, with the Board of Directors' support, submitted a letter on the Society's behalf Friday afternoon calling on Gov. Eric Holcomb to include surveying as a protected "essential services" industry should he decide to issue a stay-at-home order.

Surveying is an essential first step for construction projects of all kinds. Stopping our work would inherently delay all such projects, creating a domino effect that would cascade throughout the state's economy.

Surveying crews are often one-, two- or three-man teams that can still practice social distancing while working. What's more, crews working on road projects would actually be safer doing their work now with fewer cars on the road than they would be during normal traffic conditions.

ISPLS' staff and leadership will continue to monitor developments at the Statehouse as the COVID-19 public health crisis unfolds.

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