In light of the recent events and concerns over public health and safety, I feel it appropriate to address the public from the mayor’s chair.
I want to assure our residents that we are not taking the Coronavirus risk lightly. The City of Brighton’s Management Team has been extremely proactive to assure public safety and the continuation of essential public services. We are placing particular focus on the coordination of public safety across county and state agencies, as well as continued operation of critical infrastructure within our city and adjacent service areas.
The City of Brighton is very fortunate to have a team of committed professional staff and community oriented Police and Fire Departments with strong working relationships with their peers in neighboring communities as well as state and national agencies.
The Police and Fire Departments have been visiting our assisted living, nursing homes, and major health care facilities to review their due care procedures and to promote coordination and communication under the guidance of county, state, and federal health agencies. In addition, they have been reaching out to our local grocery and household supply stores to review their prevention measures and to address any public safety concerns.
I commend the Governor for her proactive efforts to address price gouging and we will continue to abide by and enforce executive orders as they are issued. The Governor has ordered all restaurants to close with the exception of carry out. The city is currently evaluating measures to improve access to short-term parking in order to facilitate the carry out business of those restaurants and businesses who choose to remain operational. Further, city staff is working to get information relating to recent federal actions surrounding unemployment insurance and small business loans into the hands or our small business owners and their employees.
We must all keep in mind the reason(s) for the measures being taken. It is to prevent a catastrophic outbreak that would put a crippling strain on our medical, public safety, and utility services locally and nationally. I am asking that we all remain calm and allow common sense to prevail. With every passing moment, there are new directives from county, state and federal authorities that the city must respond and adhere to. This is a dynamic and unprecedented situation that will continue to evolve over the coming weeks.
With this in mind, City of Brighton offices, with the exception of the Police Department, will be closed to the public effective noon Monday, March 16, until further notice. This is in an effort to limit potential exposure to the staff that we need to ensure the health and safety of our community. Community members and customers can continue to reach us by phone at (810) 227-1911 and/or email at email@example.com. Many of the city’s most common customer needs such as permitting and bill payments can be accommodated via the city’s website at www.brightoncity.org. You may also reach out to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I encourage everyone to visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at to learn all you can do to prevent and limit your exposure and the exposure of others. We will continue to share relevant updates and information as it becomes available.
Thank you for your support and understanding during this challenging time, but if we continue to work together, we will get through this together.
Shawn Pipoly is the mayor of Brighton, Mich.