March 20, 2020
A message from Mayor Ray Smith
As Mayor, and on behalf of the Town Council, I would like to inform Prosper citizens of steps the Town is taking to mitigate some of the hardships that may be caused by COVID-19 or Coronavirus.
By state law, a Mayor must declare a local state of disaster before a Town may request disaster recovery assistance. If a municipality anticipates requesting financial assistance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mayor must declare a local state of disaster and submit that declaration to the Governor through the Texas Division of Emergency Management. I have taken those necessary steps to ensure we receive Federal assistance, if needed.
Yesterday, the Governor issued an order instructing restaurants to eliminate in-person dining. However, many local restaurants are still open, offering carry-out, drive-through, and delivery service. Please continue to patronize these establishments. All small businesses are the life blood of our communities. To the extent that we are able, let’s support them.
The goal, of course, is to slow the spread of the disease in our community and return to a normal life, and we do that by closely following CDC guidelines which limit social activities, business interaction and community gatherings. Doing these things, we can take significant steps toward slowing the spread of the virus.
As you may know, we have one confirmed case in the Prosper community. This individual is quarantined and is adhering to proper protocols. We wish them good health and prayers for a full recovery.
When looking for reliable and credible information on this issue, I urge you not to depend on social media posts from friends or relatives, on gossip or on other unreliable sources. I urge you to check the Town website, the Collin and Denton County websites, the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) website, the CDC website, as well as our Town’s Facebook page for the most up-to-date and reliable information. Some of the information you receive may seem repetitive. That’s okay! We want to be certain factual and real-time information is made available. Your patience is appreciated.
And, finally, please be assured that your elected Town officials are working closely with Town staff, our Emergency Responders and Law Enforcement officials, the PEDC, State Government, County Government and local and regional health care providers to make certain we are protecting the health and safety of our citizens.
In difficult times, it is essential that we pull together. Prosper is a tremendous community filled with individuals who are never hesitant to help one another. We are strong. We are united. We will be closer and mightier after this crisis passes. All of you remain in my prayers and thoughts.
God bless and keep you and yours.
-Mayor Ray Smith