We are in the midst of an unprecedented situation which changes almost by the hour. The unknown can be confusing and even frightening. I would like to provide a City update which I hope is helpful.
Our city is in daily contact with the Whatcom County Health Department, the Incident Command for this pandemic. Rest assured, the City leadership will respond to all legal directives regarding the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, and that your safety and well-being will always be and our guiding light.
There is some good news to share. Despite all the problems and difficulties surrounding the outbreak of COVID-19, all City services are functioning as normal. Our Police officers and firefighters continue to keep us safe; emergency services in Lynden are fully staffed and able to respond to your calls without delay. Crews continue to make sure we have fresh water and sewer services. You may have even observed our street crews going about the ordinary business of sealing cracks on Main Street in the past couple days.
City Hall is open, too. Hats off to our great employees who, like many of you, are juggling child care, trying to protect vulnerable family members and surmount other challenges – while doing their best to keep the doors open at City Hall. Please conduct City business by phone, e-mail or by using the utility bill drop box if you can. If you can’t and if you are healthy, you may stop to pay utility bills, process building permits and work with our Public Works staff. The only city function that is closed is our Court, which is scheduled to reopen in April.
The threat of the Coronavirus is real and needs to be taken very seriously. Please abide by all the personal precautions and safeguards recommended by the media and posted at locations you may visit. But, more than that, let’s be good neighbors and watch for ways to care for one another – the way Lynden residents have always pulled together in challenges and crises.
We are part of an amazing community. And you can count on this: your city government is dedicated to keep you and your loved ones safe.
Mayor Scott Korthuis
March 19, 2020