COVID-19 MUST BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY
Hanover County has decided to hold a public hearing on April 22, 2020 (the expected peak of the pandemic in Virginia) to consider a proposal to rezone land next to several large neighborhoods. At the same time, our hard working medical community and the Virginia State Government have indicated that all non-emergency government business should be deferred to allow citizens to practice social distancing and flatten the COVID-19 curve.
Please take one minute to help (that's all it will take). Simply copy the email below and send it to the addresses shown. Elected Officials in Hanover need to be reminded that we have healthcare employees that are working extremely hard (and risking their own health). These workers shouldn't be put at additional risk, because citizens in the County are being forced to decide between standing up for their community and following medical guidance. On February 6, 2020, an estimated crowd of 800 people attended Wegmans' informational hearing despite dangerous weather.
If the County holds another gathering this large, it could have disastrous effects on the healthcare system in Hanover County. Thank you for taking the time to help protect the heroes that are serving us! If you know other people that would help, please share this link with them by email or social media!
(Please send it to all these addresses)
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Dear Hanover County Board Members,
I respectfully ask that you DEFER the planned public hearing scheduled for April 22, 2020. It is irresponsible to hold a contested public hearing that would endanger the health of so many Virginians. Any attendees who are exposed to COVID-19 might hamper the heroic efforts being made by healthcare workers to contain the novel coronavirus.
At a time when medical professionals are forced to create their own makeshift face masks, and citizens are afraid to go to the grocery store for essential goods, it is fundamentally unfair to risk spreading such a serious disease merely to hold a meeting about property rezoning. I have already noted the questionable decision by Aubrey Stanley, Sean Davis, Michael Herzberg, and Canova Peterson; who voted to proceed with a large public hearing during a pandemic.
I conclude by asking that the Board reconsider and DEFER the Wegmans public hearing scheduled for April 22, 2020, until after June 10, 2020.
A Concerned Citizen