A Message from City Council to the Fort Collins Community
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Dear community members,
The last few weeks have been a challenging time for our city, our nation and our world. Many of us have been nervous and on edge about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and how it will affect our community and our loved ones. We want you to know the City of Fort Collins leadership and staff are doing everything we can to be diligent, reliable, and responsive while keeping community safety at the forefront of our decisions.
The City is continuing to work closely with our local, regional, and national partners to plan, prepare, and respond to the effects of COVID-19 on our community. The City will continue to support state and county-level efforts to safeguard the health and safety of our residents and employees while also ensuring City services continue to operate.
We are working closely with local partners to address the needs of our most vulnerable populations, particularly around food insecurity, language access and homelessness services. Fort Collins has always been a community in which people care about one another, and this situation is no exception. This week, the City’s Volunteer Services Program and Neighborhood Services Department are coordinating a volunteer effort to pair healthy individuals with those who need help for tasks like picking up groceries, shoveling snow, or walking pets. Details will be made available in the coming days.
We encourage our community to protect themselves and others by practicing preventative actions, including staying home when you’re sick and washing hands frequently. We also encourage people to keep the good of all community members in mind and avoid panic buying and stockpiling.
To that end, we know many of our community’s local businesses will be greatly affected by a decline in consumer spending, especially retail, restaurants, and small businesses of all industries. The City is currently identifying resources for the local business community and coordinating with regional partners to field questions from businesses during this difficult time. Please keep our local businesses in mind as you make spending choices over the next several weeks and support them however you can.
Although many City facilities are closed, Fort Collins residents and businesses can rest assured that, to the extent possible, City services will continue to be provided during this difficult period and into the future.
We encourage everyone to do their part to slow the spread of this disease, and to support one another in these unprecedented times.
Mayor Wade Troxell
Mayor Pro Tem Kristin Stephens
Councilmember Susan Gutowsky
Councilmember Julie Pignataro
Councilmember Ken Summers
Councilmember Ross Cunniff
Councilmember Emily Gorgol