COMMUNITY GARDEN UPDATE
April 22, 2020
During the past month, City leaders and I have spent dozens of hours working to keep things up and running in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. By teleconference, we have been meeting with all of our stakeholders impacted by the pandemic. This includes government officials, lawyers, consultants, business people, employees, and citizens. We want to understand their needs in this time of uncertainty. We still do not know how long the current restrictions will last. As the mayor, I have a responsibility to maintain a functional government that provides people with essential services. We’ve been successful to date in meeting this challenge.
This Spring, I have determined that the Community Garden does not make the list of essential services. Furthermore, the Community Garden cannot be undertaken within the physical distancing requirement to which City employees — and the public — must adhere for everyone’s safety. Primarily for these reasons, I regret to report that we have placed the Community Garden on hold until the Spring of 2021.
Thank you for your understanding and patience during this extraordinary time!
–Mayor Kathryn Thalman