During his first speech on the state of the city on Tuesday evening, Flint Mayor Sheldon Neely drew attention to his efforts to investigate the effects of COVID-19 on the city’s residents.
Helping with water bills, ensuring COVID-19 testing is widely available, and introducing a curfew in the city are some of the measures Mayor Neely responded to in his first address in The City state since his election as Mayor of Flint has drawn attention.
“We declared a state of emergency in the city of Flint eight days before the first Genesee County case. In fact, we were the second Michigan city to make such a statement, “he said.
Neely said these were some of the 100 proactive measures and actions his government took during the pandemic.
“One thing is certain, we have saved lives. Coronavirus remains a constant threat to our entire community and our loved ones. Let us be patient and understand one another,” he said.
Neely also took the opportunity to announce how the city is progressing in restoring clean water for all residents.
“Our challenge was to find ways to make water affordable for residents and to ensure that our water is clean for residents to consume,” he said. “We’ll get there.” We have restored the water supply for the residents. ”
During the pandemic, Flint suspended shutting off water for residents due to insufficient pay and supplied more than 600 households with water.
“We have done a good job of you, the residents, in making sure you get drinking water for your home use,” Neely said. “This government understands that water is a human right.”
In his address, Neely also mentioned the creation of a community task force to oversee the Flint City Police Department and the city’s efforts to combat the disease.