Clinton Township supervisor to declare state of emergency due to COVID surge

‘In-person meetings with the public in attendance would risk the personal health and safety of everyone present’

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. – The Clinton Township supervisor is declaring a state of emergency effective April 6, 2021, due to rising COVID-19 cases in Macomb County.

That means Clinton Township government meetings will be held in a virtual setting for the foreseeable future.

“As a result of the alarming, recent, sharp increase in COVID-19 cases throughout the State of Michigan and especially in Macomb County, and after consultation with our emergency management coordinator, I have declared a state of emergency to begin on Tuesday, April 6,” reads a statement Thursday from Supervisor Bob Cannon.

Cannon’s office said his declaration is set to expire after seven days, on April 12, which is the day of the next Board of Trustee meeting. At that meeting, Cannon is expected to ask for Board approval to extend the state of emergency through June 7, 2021. Once approved, Township Board meetings scheduled for the remainder of April, all of May, and on June 7 will continue to be held virtually on the GoToMeeting platform, Cannon’s office said.

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“With COVID-19 on the rise again, I don’t see how we can hold our Township Board, Planning Commission, and Zoning Board of Appeals meetings in person and remain safe,” said Cannon. “In-person meetings with the public in attendance would risk the personal health and safety of everyone present.”

Cannon’s office also said the response and recovery aspects of the emergency plan will be activated, utilizing local resources to the fullest extent possible.

Authority for the supervisor’s action is under Section 10 of the Emergency Management Act, Section 3a(1)(b), and Section 3(2) of the Open Meetings Act.

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