April 3- Today Mayor Erin Sitterley addressed the 29 thousand residents of the City with a message about COVID-19 and how the City is responding. Below is the complete message from the Mayor.
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Mayor Erin Sitterley
COVID-19 City Address
April 3, 2020
Greetings to the good people of SeaTac. I am Erin Sitterley, the Mayor of our City and a member of your City Council. I am hoping to bring you a message of hope and encouragement today, in the midst of great uncertainty. As we move through this health crisis, I want you to know that you are never far from our thoughts, and to tell you that I am confident we will come through this, and will be okay.
I know that many of you are feeling very insecure right now, and are rightfully wondering what is going to happen next?
Fear of falling ill, or having a friend or loved one fall ill is weighing heavily on all of us. I am proud to see our city doing a great job of physically distancing ourselves to protect each other. I am also proud to see our small businesses soldiering on, and service providers of all kinds going to work and taking good care of us. We can take care of them by continuing to follow the recommendations of health experts countrywide and staying apart for a bit longer. Please take good care of yourselves, the world is a better place with you in it!
Economic help is arriving daily, from assistance to tenants and homeowners, to small business loans designed to keep the backbone of our economy on-track. We are all being asked to make choices, to look closely at our budgets and shoring up our finances. The City is no different, and we are doing everything we can to maintain our service levels to have a peaceful, clean and healthy place to call home.
If you are financially able, please support our small businesses. Many of our food-related small businesses have a “To Go” option and some even have a delivery option. When possible, my husband and I have been visiting these local eateries. Even your small contributions can help sustain small businesses. In addition, several of our human services agencies are also in need of financial help. We have a list on the front page of our website.
If you have lost your job, or your small business is facing financial challenges. there are government resources to help you out. We have placed these important links to these resources front and center on the City website. Our webpage is full of good information on help and assistance. We have three separate resource pages for residents, businesses and community organizations. Please make use of the information. The website is being constantly updated. I want you to know that we are here to help you in your time of need.
Since the crisis began, the City has been taking actions to protect both the community and staff. This involved closing City facilities to the public based on the Governor’s Emergency Order to Stay Home and Stay Healthy. Fortunately, the City has been preparing for a crisis and had an already established Continuity of Operations and Continuity of Government Plan. Basically, these are fancy words for strategic plans that outline how the City will operate in an emergency and which functions are critical in a crisis. Rest assured, critical employees continue to keep the City running.
I want to assure you that your elected officials have been working hard to help protect you and the small businesses of the City. On March 12, I issued an emergency proclamation for the COVID-19 pandemic for the City which the council unanimously ratified at the March 24 Regular Council Meeting. On March 23, I issued a second Proclamation, this time to protect our small businesses in the wake of COVID-19. The Proclamation authorizes the City Manager to extend the expiration of City business licenses with a March 31, 2020 expiration date to May 31 in order to assist small business owners who are facing undue hardship as a result of the state of emergency related to COVID-19,
Of course, I must admit to being worried, we are all worried, but I find myself going to my favorite pieces of advice, “Pray, hope and don’t worry. Worrying was a waste, and found ways to better spend his time in doing good. This is a time to call each of us to service. I would like to encourage each of us, as we have this time alone with our thoughts, to consider what we can to do help each other. Every one of us has something to contribute. Think about your talents, and start using them.
SeaTac is blessed with friendly, community oriented people. We will get through this together. I hope you will reach out to me or any member of your Council if we can be of assistance or comfort. We are here to serve you.