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Mayor Purzycki Says Essential City Services Are Uninterrupted as City Government Scales Back During the Pandemic

Post Date:03/20/2020 3:00 PM

City balancing need to contribute to stopping the coronavirus spread with the need to continue providing quality police, fire, water, sewer and trash collection; food distribution continues; metered enforcement suspended; homeless Porto-potties and wash stations established

Mayor Mike Purzycki said today that, despite being faced with the toughest worldwide challenge possibly in our history, the outstanding employees of governments like Wilmington are meeting the challenge by continuing to provide essential services unabated. Mayor Purzycki said today that he is extremely proud of City employees, many of whom are working from home and others who remain at work because of their incredibly important positions in servicing the public. The Mayor said they are doing the work that must continue even though all of us are trying to figure out what will happen next with the coronavirus.

“We are in a unique position in Wilmington, as many governments are, of providing essential services that cannot be stopped even if a biological threat alters our normal way of life,” said Mayor Purzycki. “We still have to police the City and fight fires as they happen. We must keep our drinking water and sewer systems in top shape, and we must continue to collect trash and recyclables. Internally, our payroll system must function so employees can be paid, and our revenue operations must continue to operate so people doing business with the City get paid and so the City has enough revenue to operate. If we could just shut down operations, I would do it without hesitation. But we can’t, and so we are doing everything possible to keep our employees and the public safe while moving forward with all do deliberation to provide the services that must continue.”

Mayor Purzycki said if further action is directed by either the federal or state governments to place additional limits on City government services, the City will act on those directives, but will continue to provide essential services.

The Mayor said today that City government will also continue to be sensitive to the economic needs of Wilmingtonians by suspending services that could cause more economic hardship. He said in addition to suspending all Sheriff Sales, water disconnections and parking restrictions in neighborhoods, the Mayor today suspended parking enforcement at all metered spaces in the City.

Mayor Purzycki said the City’s Parks and Recreation Department is continuing the daily delivery of about 1,000 lunch and dinner meals to children and teenagers at 12 locations around the City. He said the City has also worked with the New Castle County government to establish Porto-potties and wash stations for homeless persons in the City and County. The two sites in Wilmington beginning tomorrow (Saturday) are at a church parking lot on Orange Street between 7th and 8th Streets, and at St. Patrick’s Center at 107 East 14th Street.

“We will get through this pandemic, but we have to stay together and support each other to meet all of challenges we have already as well as the ones we don’t know about yet,” said the Mayor. “Please know that at whatever level we must operate in City government, we will do it with as much excellence and efficiency as we can muster.”

COMMUNITY AND MEDIA INQUIRIES

John Rago
Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy and Communications
Mobile: (302) 420-7928
Email: jrago@WilmingtonDE.gov

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