Charlotte city government has a single, clear mission: To protect the public health, safety and welfare. Much of our work in recent weeks has been devoted to fulfilling that mission while doing our part to limit the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). During these challenging times, the City Council, employees and I remain committed to providing the essential services that residents count on.
It is not business as usual, however, as measures have been taken to safeguard the health of employees and citizens alike. All municipal buildings are closed to the public until further notice. To comply with the Governor’s order, services in most departments have been reduced or suspended at this time. Some functions are being performed with reduced crew sizes. Most administrators are working from home.
City parks are open but playground and other equipment is not being sanitized. The recycling center is open on reduced hours only for the purpose of trash disposal. Those hours are Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10:00 to noon and Thursdays from 2:00 to 4:00.
The City Council will be conducting its meetings via conference call so that we can continue to give direction to the administration and perform our oversight role. Members of the public will be able to “attend” those meetings by using their phones and will be able to make comments during the meeting. Information about this will be published on the City website. The next City Council meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 6 at 7:00 p.m.
Finally, I urge all citizens of Charlotte and the surrounding area to be good neighbors. Be thoughtful and generous. Stay home; stay safe. If you must go out, take precautions to avoid coming into contact with the virus or spreading illness. Call friends and relatives who are elderly or disabled to make sure they are safe and well. Find joy in the simple and ordinary parts of your life that have not been disrupted by this epidemic.
As always, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yvonne Ridge, Mayor