Mayor commends employees, citizens, for work on last week’s storm
At last night’s Common Council meeting, Mayor Keith Bosman made some very complimentary comments related to the events of last Thursday night’s storm. “Without warning, a storm gust came up. There was no time for sirens, and there was no rain. There was a question regarding the sirens. But, there was no reason to think it was a serious matter at the time.” At 10 pm, a meeting was held at the Emergency Operations Center in the Public Safety Building. At 12:30 am, a press conference was held.
Bosman first thanked the WE Energies crews who came out to help, from as far away as Missouri and the Upper Peninsula. It took over 48 hours to get all households back on-line. Secondly, he thanked the public works crews who have been working overtime, in sixteen-hour shifts. They’ve been helping to keep people out of the areas where damage has occurred to trees and sidewalks. “It’s still a very dangerous situation out there. Limbs are hanging from trees. Bicyclists need to be cautious. The sidewalks where tree root balls are exposed have been blocked.” He cautioned parents not to allow their children to play near these areas. “Trees can shift.”
The hazardous areas were worked on first. Clean up of the municipal golf course and parks will start after the clean up of Lincoln Park for this weekend’s events. The Rotary Tournament is also getting special attention. He again thanked WE Energies, city employees, and the public for their patience. “Clean up will be ongoing for several weeks,” he said, “until we get the world back to normal.”