As growing tensions in the Twin Cities, Mankato and across the nation are seen, we understand concerns people may have. Many are aware that a number of rallies were held over the weekend as a result of George Floyd’s death and subsequent events. Most people peacefully voiced their concerns; it’s unfortunate that some destructive behavior occurred and some businesses were damaged. Thank you to residents who followed the curfew.
It takes a team to provide services, so I want to commend public works and facilities, who assisted with road closures and secured damaged buildings; public information and communication, who helped keep the public informed; public safety for their efforts in keeping the community safe and secure; and area partners who responded and respectfully and professionally managed this situation. I also want to thank the business community for working with us to close early or evacuate as a precaution.
We will continue to work with local diversity organizations to build a stronger community. The actions that led to George Floyd’s death do not align with how the Mankato Department of Public Safety works with the community. The Mankato Director of Public Safety and police personnel are well-trained, prepared and committed to problem solving, relationship building and community policing.
As shared by Mankato Mayor Najwa Massad, “We are united, strong and resilient. Be safe. Be strong. Be kind.”
Other updates includes the impacts of COVID-19, parks amenities reopening, and today, we enter Phase 2 of Stay Safe MN which allows restaurants and bars to reopen to outdoor dining. Applications are still being accepted from small businesses for the City’s Sustaining Loan Program if postmarked today. Applications are also being accepted for the City’s Recovery Loan Program. Planning is underway for Spring Clean-up, expected to be held in August pending the COVID-19 situation. Details are shared below.
We will continue to keep the public informed as the situation changes.
Please contact me by email or 507-387-8695; or Deputy City Manager Alison Zelms at 507-387-8609 any time we can be of service.
Sincerely,
City Manager Patrick Hentges
Deputy City Manager Alison Zelms