FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASENovember 12, 2020
COUNTY COMMISSION CHAIRMAN SUPPORTS GARDEN CITY COMMISSION DECISION
From the Desk of Duane Drees, Finney County Commission Chairman – Yesterday, the City of Garden City Commission made a decision in favor of an ordinance to require face coverings within the limits of Garden City. The Finney County Commission has no plans at this time to consider any additional ordinances to this effect.
We as County Commissioners understand first hand the potential dilemma this may bring within our community. We also firmly believe and have frequently stated, that the best government is the closest government to the people. Local governing bodies have the most knowledge and insight as to what their constituents want and need. With the growing evidence of the increased impact the virus has had on our residents, health care workers, first responders, and hospital, local government officials are being asked to do something. As the population of Garden City comprises over 72% of the total population in Finney County, it is appropriate and reasonable for the City of Garden City Commission to consider the required use of face coverings within the City of Garden City.
As County Commission Chairman, I believe the decision made by the Garden City Commission, after listening intently to remarks from many community members, was carefully considered with the best interest of the residents of Garden City in mind. I support the decision and efforts of the City Commission and can assure our community that the County will continue to encourage and support all health and safety measures necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Finney County.