Before Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued the three-week, stay-at-home order that became effective at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, March 24, the Fenton mayor and City Council, and city administration worked to cancel the scheduled Monday, March 23 City Council meeting.
According to Mayor Sue Osborn and City Manager Lynn Markland, the safety of Fenton citizens is a responsibility they take very seriously. Osborn issued a state of emergency resolution last week, and city hall has been closed to walk-in traffic.
Although the March 23 meeting included a public hearing, city administration was able to postpone a council vote on agenda items that were necessary to comply with state statute.
“After receiving emails from the state of Michigan and discussions with the city attorney and other consultants, it was determined the items on the agenda could be delayed without compromising the grant applications and funding for several infrastructure projects,” Markland said. “The grants have been submitted and the resolutions will be added later as supplemental information. Also, the bridge projects will be able to be approved at a later date.”
Had the meeting been necessary, the council and administration were prepared to completely sanitize city hall and council chambers before and after the meeting and provide masks to anyone who did wish to personally contribute comments during the public hearing.
That did not become necessary, however, and the council meeting, as well as upcoming board and commission meetings have been cancelled, complying with CDC guidelines and the governor’s order.
In the meantime, city of Fenton administration will be working toward the goal of making digital participation in meetings possible so that citizens can participate in future meetings from remote locations.
“All citizens need to follow the State of Michigan guidelines,” Osborn said.
“Please stay inside as much as you can. This is going to get worse before it gets better. I appreciate everyone’s cooperation during this very difficult time. Things will get better we just have to ride out the storm. Be healthy and be safe. We will get through this together and we will be stronger for it.”