DETROIT (WXYZ) — Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan addressed restarting construction in Detroit and Census participation during his daily COVID-19 update.
Duggan was joined by rapper Icewear Vezzo to address Census participation.
Duggan says Detroit ranks 13th of the 17 mid to large cities in the country to respond to the census. He says 42% of the city has responded. "We are not where we want to be."
"If we stay there, our residents are going to suffer."
Duggan says road crews, grass cutting crews and other crews will be out in the next two weeks. He also says they will prepare for a second coronavirus peak in the fall.
Duggan says the city had 16 contract signed and ready to go for construction, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. He says they gave the contractors the option to proceed under their new coronavirus safety guidelines, or to rebid the contracts. Dugan says all 16 of the contractors agreed to proceed under the new guidelines and to eat any of the cost. The projects will begin next week, some of them as soon as Monday.
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