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There have been seemingly endless articles about how and why we need to isolate ourselves and be careful that are much more informative and better written that what I could write on Covid-19. What I can do is assure the citizens of Coldwater that the City is taking steps to protect the safety and welfare of our citizens. Police and Fire services are fully operational and utilities will continue to be provided and serviced during these unprecedentedly challenging times. We have limited the services that are available at City Hall and have eliminated organized recreational activities. Staff are working from home where possible and services will continue to be delivered.
The short and long term effects of Covid-19 will not be fully known for some time, but I believe the Coldwater community is positioned to recover quickly. The City is in solid economic condition, we have a diverse economy that includes auto related industries, corrections, farming, a distribution center, and a pork production facility. These core employers combined with a wide array of smaller business should enable us recover quicker and more completely than communities that are reliant on a single or dominant employer.
Part of our diversification is the result of cooperation between the City, Township, and County. The prison, Wal-Mart Distribution Center, and Clemens Food Group are a few examples of how politicians put aside their egos and self-interest to work for the betterment of the entire community. Clemens is here because the City, Coldwater Township, and County all agreed to forego their share of the tax revenue so those funds could be used to pay for the infrastructure and improvement required to bring Clemens to our community. This community’s health would look a lot different, particularly in the shadow of Covid-19, if not for those three employers who together employ over 2000 men and women.
It is very easy (and maybe sometimes accurate) to point fingers at government ineptitude and at the self-serving motivations of politicians. There are however, especially at the local level, individuals who spend their time trying to make our community better and stronger. In times like these, those individuals deserve to be recognized and thanked for the, often times, thankless job they do. I think the job they do and have been doing is reflected in the health and strength of Branch County. A final note of appreciation to all the Police, Fire, Medical, First Responders, and Utility workers, grocery store employees, pharmacy workers, and others who put themselves on the front line to ensure our safety and protect our community.