Clinton Township government meetings will be held in a virtual, electronic setting for the foreseeable future, resulting from Township Supervisor Bob Cannon’s pending state of emergency declaration.
“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,” said Cannon.
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.
Cannon’s declaration is set to expire after seven days, on April 12, the day of the next Board of Trustee meeting. At that meeting, Cannon will 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.
“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 reinforced that the response and recovery aspects of the emergency plan will be activated, utilizing local resources to the fullest extent possible.