Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the city of Brentwood adjusted how it met Monday night with four of seven city commissioners attending electronically.
Executive Order 16 issued by Governor Bill Lee allowed the city to conduct the meeting in an unconventional way. Only a handful of city staff and three commissioners, who were socially distancing, were physically present for the meeting.
Brentwood Mayor Rhea Little shared his thoughts on the continued efforts of local, state and national efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19 and to flatten the curve.
“Make no mistake, this is a war against an invisible enemy and a deadly enemy,” he said. “What we do in the next few days and weeks is of vital importance to save lives.”
The city is currently under a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which means dine-in restaurants, bars, gyms and fitness centers are directed to close their facilities, according to advice from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
For more information about the state of emergency, visit http://www.williamsonherald.com/communities/brentwood/franklin-brentwood-mayors-declare-state-of-emergency/article_9621f4fe-6b11-11ea-91f3-eff0e355765f.html.
In addition to CDC precautions, Little also urged citizens to pray for everyone involved.
“Pray for those infected,” he said. “Pray for the families of those who have died. Pray for our health care workers and first responders. Pray for all those who are immediately out of a job or who have been cut back on wages. Pray for peace and firm resolve, not fear and panic.”
Almost all city departments and operations in Brentwood have not yet been interrupted due to COVID-19, according to City Manager Kirk Bednar.
“With the exception of the library, all other departments remain open, and we’re doing our best to provide regular services,” he said. “We’re doing our best to limit public contact and access to our building here at City Hall.”
Bednar urged citizens to use the city’s online resources during this time for various applications or police reports they may need.
“Our goal throughout this process, as I’ve communicated to the staff, is to maintain our normal operating procedures to the greatest extent possible,” he said.
For more information on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19, visit the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html.