English Translation - April 14

Mayor’s Message, Tuesday, April 14, 2020

People of Holland, I’m your Mayor, Nathan Bocks.

We have all been living under the Governor’s Stay Home, Stay Safe Order for some time now.  We are all in this together. 

When I say that we are all in this together, I mean we are all in this together.  I understand your frustration.  As many of you know,  in addition to being Mayor, I am one of the many small business owners in Holland that has had to temporarily close or significantly limit business operations during this pandemic.  I get it.

But the City of Holland cannot and does not close.  

Our city leadership, our staff and employees continue to provide services necessary for the health, safety, and welfare of the community.

In regard to any health-related matters, we continue to follow the recommendations of county and state health departments and the CDC.  You should too.

I want to thank our employees for their dedication to see our community through this unprecedented time.  They are smart, dedicated, and care deeply about Holland and its residents. It is who we are. 

Many city workers have greatly reduced hours or are not working at all. Where possible, city employees are working from home.  For those that continue to work in and about the community, we are doing everything we can to ensure their, and your,  health and safety under the Governor’s order.

Despite the pandemic, wind and rains still come, and cleanup is necessary.

To provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the community and to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars, our city workers are responding to emergencies and maintaining city property.

Power outages occur and repair work needs to be completed.

And our police and fire departments are here to respond when you call.

When you see a first responder, remember that they are putting in long hours and risking their lives to keep us safe.

When you turn on your lights or water, think of our dedicated BPW staff working through the night to restore our power.

When a tree falls and when brush needs to be cleared, remember our dedicated parks and transportation department workers who are here to clear away the debris.

This is Holland.  We support each other.  We work together.  We are OneHolland. It is who we are.

There are dozens of people you don’t see making sure we keep our promise that the City of Holland does not close.

They continue to do a fantastic job.  We owe them all a debt of thanks.

Let’s do what we can to make their jobs as easy as possible.  We want people to be outside, we want people to use City parks and open spaces, please follow social distancing rules.   It is incredibly important.

We are standing together, but six feet apart.  Even at a distance, we are working together. We are OneHolland. 

Not only are we maintaining our city for today, as a community we are planning for tomorrow.  Together.

City leaders are meeting regularly with business owners, non-profit organizations, and community leaders from across the spectrum.  There is a wealth of talent in this community.  We are working together to plan and create ways to resurrect, rebuild, and restore our community.  This is an unprecedented situation and we are coming together in unprecedented ways.

The OneHolland initiative is one great example.  Business, non-profit, and city leaders are working together to promote Holland for today and tomorrow, and are supporting the non-profit community in the process.  

The “Holland Will Bloom Again” video produced by Boileau Communications last week reminded us of what we have always known:

“In our town, adversity sparks community and perseverance builds character.”

Today is no different.  Leaders from across the community are facing adversity and working together to help Holland bloom again, brighter than ever before. 

Until that day comes.

Stay safe.  Stay healthy.  And wash your hands.  ...Again

This is Holland.  ONE Holland.  And we get to live here.