Administration, council working together through pandemic

Administration, council working together through pandemic

PAWTUCKET – Mayor Donald Grebien and the Pawtucket City Council say they’re committed to working closely together to maintain essential services for residents and to provide all the latest information for the health, safety and welfare of residents and businesses.

“The city greatly appreciates the residents’ support and patience as we all work through this pandemic. I thank the City Council for their leadership and partnership in ensuring that the public is protected now and in the aftermath,” said Grebien in a statement. “We will continue focusing on providing the essential services and ensuring that they flow as smoothly as possible for our residents and businesses.”

“We will continue to work closely with Mayor Grebien’s administration and will take any legislative action that is necessary,” said City Council President Dave Moran. “We appreciate the efforts of our city workers and the residents. We will all get through this pandemic together.”

The administration and the council have continued to lobby for the Pawtucket community, including pushing for the reopening of the former Memorial Hospital site to treat COVID-19 patients and take the burden off already overcrowded hospitals.

“If the state makes the decision to reopen the Memorial Hospital site for COVID-19, the council and administration are ready to help in any way that we can to get this done,” reads a statement.

The administration and council worked together to create a small business loan program using federal funding to help businesses who have been affected due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will be voted on by the Pawtucket Business Development Corp. tonight, Wednesday, March 25.

The Grebien administration and council thanked School Department members who have “rigorously worked to ensure that the city’s public school students were ready to support distance learning for our students.

“The administration and City Council are committed to ensuring that youth, seniors, and small businesses are looked out for during these challenging times,” said Moran.