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Dear Chamblee Residents and Business Owners:
This is a trying time for our city and nation. I want to share with you that I am taking a measured approach to ensure your safety and health and the safety and health of anyone who may be visiting Chamblee during the COVID-19 pandemic. When I took the Oath of Office as Mayor, I swore to support the Constitution of the United States and of the State of Georgia; and where I am a resident of the district from which I was elected. I do that every day; even more so now as I ask myself constantly, ‘What is in the best interest of the City of Chamblee, both long term and short term?’
I am following the local and national news and understand and share everyone’s concern. That concern is part of every consideration. I also rely on the city charter; specifically what it allows and what it does not allow. The city has the best subject matter experts that diligently research all policies the city enacts and guarantees they are within the law. Also, I constantly monitor information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which ensures I have the best information available to make sound decisions. Additionally, I am in contact with the Governor’s office, Public Health experts provided by the Georgia Municipal Association and surrounding jurisdictions. Information from all these sources are informing my decisions. I also work diligently to build consensus from the Council on specific issues and when appropriate, we are adopting policies that may mirror surrounding jurisdictions.
We must balance the goal of social distancing with our other needs. We have made some difficult decisions recently to accomplish that goal. I know we would all like more access to our park space right now. It is a fundamental need to get outside and enjoy nature instead of being indoors all day. However, the need for social distancing requires that we limit certain access to the city’s parks. With regards to restaurants and gatherings, I weighed the information I have received, and it is clear that the highest need requires limiting gatherings to ten people and only allow restaurants to offer take-away food through April 21, 2020.
I only have the safety, health and well-being of the public at heart. My family and I too are navigating these uncertain times. We are in this together. I am here to listen to your needs and will make efforts to accommodate them if possible. Please reach me at email@example.com if I can help.
R. Eric ClarksonMayor Eric ClarksonCity of Chamblee