As we navigate this uncertain terrain, not knowing exactly where or when it will come to its conclusion, I want to once again reassure you that we are on this road together. My colleagues on the Prosper Town Council, the many volunteers on boards and commissions, and our tremendous staff are all committed to walking these dark and unfamiliar paths together.
The uncertainty that clouds the situation is evident even in the advice we are getting from federal, state and county officials. For us, these differences are even more noticeable because our Town is split into two counties. Council and staff are working on ways for us to be in compliance with all of these declarations and orders. The ambiguity among these orders is yet another example of the situation in which we find ourselves. All the same, we encourage residents to follow the guidelines issued by the county they live in, as well as the Governor’s Executive Order. In short, stay at home unless it’s absolutely necessary to go out.
At our Council meeting of March 24, we extended our Declaration of Local State of Disaster through May 27. Even so, I know that residents depend on the Town to provide important services. That’s why all of the Town’s services are continuing to operate, though many have made adjustments. Where possible, some services are being offered online, and others continue while maintaining the appropriate social distancing.
We all have a role in helping stop the spread of the virus by following proper hygiene guidelines, staying home whenever possible, calling to check on neighbors, and supporting nonprofit organizations and local businesses while following social distancing guidelines.
Our Town’s motto is even more important now than ever before. We are a place where everyone matters, and now is the time to put that motto into action. I’m praying that everyone gets through this in good shape. Keep checking the Town’s website for updates.
By Mayor Ray Smith