CITY MANAGER’S MEMO ~ The extraordinary steps that have been taken at the federal, state and local government levels have all been taken with the realization of not how bad it is right now, but how bad this pandemic could be if the spread isn’t stopped.
And, while there are encouraging signs from some areas that social distancing and "stay at home" seems to be having an effect, it is still too early to let our collective guard down. Vigilance is called for.
Here at the City of Farmers Branch, we’ve had to close facilities, furlough some workers, have others telecommute from home offices, all the while trying to keep departments active and responsive to our residents. Everything we can see and everything we’re hearing reflects the reality that while society is essentially shut down, the City of Farmers Branch continues to function and provide essential services to our residents.
In addition, we’re trying to encourage takeout business to our restaurants and help other businesses seek out the state or federal assistance they need to get to the other side of this pandemic.
We’re holding virtual meetings to keep our government functional but healthy. We’re helping to keep our residents busy with workout videos, virtual storytimes and limited activities that not only require, but encourage social distancing.
There will be an end to this. While we may not yet know what that looks like, our community is setting a standard to which others aspire.
We may be separated, but we’re all in this together.