As we conclude another week in this global public health emergency, I want to thank the many Martinsville residents who have followed Governor Holcomb’s directive to “hunker down” and only make essential trips. You are making a difference in the mitigation of the COVID-19 virus. As we continue to work our way through this pandemic, I want to remind you that the governor’s executive order is still in effect and ask you to continue to “hunker down” until the order is lifted.

We have heard reports from across the state of people who are having serious medical issues, but for fear of either contracting the virus or that they might be burdening their hospital’s emergency room, they are not calling 911 for emergency care. Some of these people have then died at their homes. Should you feel that you have a life-threatening emergency, call 911. The emergency medical service system has the capacity to handle any emergency called into them.

During this time of staying at home, we know that many of you have done a lot of spring cleaning. This week during “Bulk Trash Week” city crews have picked-up nearly 250 tons of trash from across the city. I want to extend a special thanks to these crews for their effort to get it all collected and help keep our city clean.

Additionally, even though we remain in this global public health emergency, we all still have a responsibility to pay our water utility bills on time. The drive-up window at the Water Utility Office is open during regular business hours and the drop box is available 24/7. You may also pay online at any time by going to the city’s web page (www.martinsville.in.gov) and find the link on the home page, or by calling 855-282-7585.  The normal services charges for paying online or by phone are being waived during this public health emergency. However, late fees and penalties will still be applied if bills are not paid by their due date.

Once it is again permissible to drive around the community, you will notice that several sidewalks have been poured in areas that have never had sidewalks in the past. This is especially noticeable on North Marion Street. Our city crews are committed to pouring 500 feet of concrete per week over a 30-week period. By the end of the season, over three miles of new/repaired sidewalks will have been poured in various locations around the city. This work is being done using funds provided by the state to the city and at no cost to the homeowner.

We are mindful that our high school seniors have had most all the traditional year-end activities canceled. We know that they have been looking forward to these for many, many months, but we hope that they realize their sacrifices are for the greater good of the community. My office is working with the City Council and community organizations on ways that we might bring our high school seniors the recognition that they so richly deserve.

Even though we are asked to stay at home, I want to encourage you to support our local restaurants by placing carry-out orders as you can. These businesses, along with our other small businesses offering curb-side pick-up, need our support during this time.

Again, I thank you for all that you are doing to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Keep washing your hands and maintain your social distancing. Together, we will get through this.