City hall to reopen to the public May 18

DAVISON — With the governor’s stay-at-home order set to expire May 15, City Manager Andrea Schroeder said city offices are scheduled to reopen May 18.

When the city employees return to the job, Schroeder said she expects there will be new guidelines to follow, like mandatory masks and gloves. She also said there is a plan for the Department of Public Works to install plexiglass windows at the front counter of city hall to provide protection for residents and employees when they interact.

“We’ll have to take care of some things when we come back,” said Schroeder. “Safe distancing will last months, if not longer.”

Starting next week, Schroeder said there will be one office staff member at city hall daily, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. to answer phone calls, but the offices will remain closed until May 18.

The most recent orders eased by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer allowed city mowing crews to return to work, so Schroeder said they were out Monday mowing around city hall, the city owned out lots and the parks.

Some things will remain in limbo, however, with the city’s annual summer car cruise downtown in Davison canceled until further notice. Schroeder said it is still not clear if the Festival of Flags will happen this summer or not.

LaDawn Hastings, director of the Davison Area Chamber of Commerce, said the chamber board would discuss the fate of the 2020 Festival of Flags this week.

Schroeder said for anyone wanting to run for city council in the fall election, petitions will be available in June and will be due to the city clerk’s office on Aug. 4, the day of the primary election. She said 50 signatures are required on nominating petitions for someone to have their name on the ballot.

She said she suggests those running for office get extra signatures because there will be little time for prospective candidates to collect and submit additional signatures after Aug. 4.