We have so many things to celebrate this month! This is Black History Month, the month of LOVE with Valentine’s Day yesterday and Presidents’ Day today!
We have so many things to celebrate — but in doing so let us be extremely cautious! First concerning the fact that we are still in a pandemic and now the weather! It is important that we are aware.
Our office is closed today like many others in observance of Presidents’ Day. It would be a short week for City Hall this week due to that anyway, but it may prove to be shorter.
We cannot be sure of what the weather will be like for the rest of the week, but the forecast warns that it could be extreme for us. We are urging the citizens of the city to take every precaution we have been advised to take, including staying off the roads we are cautioned against driving on and staying in unless totally necessary.
We have also been advised on taking the proper precautions at home. Please make sure you have plenty of food and water. Hopefully, all medications you may need are supplied. In the case of power outages, it is in your best interest to have a generator or a plan in place for an easy relocation. Take extra care if you have small children or senior citizens in your home.
Without knowing if our office will be closed beyond today in advance, please pay close attention to all forms of the media and social media. We will keep you posted as much as possible through the radio and the News-Times, but our social media pages may be the most instantaneous way to inform the public.
Understanding that many are in the process of renewing or obtaining licenses and permits, we ask that you call and leave messages in the respective offices or email your information to them. We are in the position of not knowing what will happen or how long the weather conditions may last. Although it may be an inconvenience for some, we want to make sure everyone is safe and we appreciate your patience.
I am sure the El Dorado Water Utilities will make allowances as we have in the past with deadlines and payments. Take into consideration conditions when paying your bills and services needed. It is our hope that all your needs will be met, but please make sure you are doing your due diligence as far as your pipes are concerned.
Cover pipes that are exposed to the elements to keep them from freezing outside. Also, keep your water running enough to eliminate your water from freezing inside. It could be in your best interest to completely turn off water in homes that are not being occupied at this time for whatever reason.
Our city, and state for that matter, is blessed not to endure extreme winter weather like other states may have to endure on a continual basis. For that reason, let us be extremely cautious as we navigate through the next few days and possibly weeks.
In this month of love, love your neighbor and help those that may need your assistance during these crucial times. We are truly all in this together!
Veronica Smith-Creer is the Mayor of El Dorado. She can be reached at [email protected]