Lexington Councilmembers stress social distancing

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – One ubran county councilman says he’s heard from so many of his constituents, he reached out to our news team for help.

“I’ve been getting phone calls about -from constituents that have concerns about seeing large crowds,” James Brown, who represents district one, or the northern downtown portion of Lexington, said.

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He says another part of the problem for his district is that it’s densely populated.

“Not a lot of people have big backyards and big front yards to go sit out on their porches, so when they walk out their front doors it feels like they’re on top of each other,” Brown said.

Councilwoman Kathy Plomin represents district 12. With 70 percent of her area being rural, as expected, she’s hasn’t heard as many complaints.

The only complaint I’ve been hearing is about yard trash since the city isn’t picking up right now,” Plomin said. 

At-large councilman Richard Moloney, who oversees all of Lexington says he’s received less calls this week compared to last week, but it’s only the beginning.

“It’s still going to be a long way folks. The weather is really going to break this week and be really nice, and we just gotta be patient,” Moloney said. 

In an effort to stop gatherings, Mayor Linda Gorton closed recreational areas like basketball courts and there’s police around to enforce social distancing. But brown says they shouldn’t have to do that and their normal work.

“To be honest with you, this is the responsibility of all of us, to not put our police officers in that situation to break up crowds. They shouldn’t have to tell people to break up social distancing,” Brown said.

Brown said social distancing and checking in with where your family is can also help with concerns about recent gun violence.

“Our public safety partners are place and willing to control and address situations, but if we’re practicing being healthy at home with social distancing, and having accountability, that would help reduce some of the violence that we’ve been seeing,” Brown said.

All the councilmembers agreed, there’s still more to endure.

“Every day things change, every hour things change, we just have to be flexible,” Plomin said.

And each said, in this time while there’s a lot out of our control, what we can focus on is building relationships within our families and within our communities.

“A lot of people are stepping up taking care of their neighbors, other people in the community and I’m inspired by that,” Brown said.

Looking forward, Brown said the city will continue to provide services to help those who are struggling because of the coronavirus outbreak.

 

 

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Monica Harkins joined the ABC 36 News team in June 2019 as a Multimedia journalist and Anchor/Producer. She’s born and raised in Austin, Texas and headed “North,” as she calls it, to study broadcast journalism and business at the University of Missouri. While at Mizzou she anchored and reported for KOMU 8 News, an NBC affiliate in Columbia, Missouri all four years. During her childhood she played almost every sport, but they always called her “Hollywood” for her love of theatre. In high school, she realized her excitement for theatre and performing was only a small piece of the puzzle. It’s story telling that’s her passion. She’s especially passionate about social media and creative platforms to tell stories. Her most recent experiment is being a FAA certified drone pilot. As a proud Texan she says she’s made of country music, Southern hospitality and Sweet Tea. When she’s not at work you can find her trying new recipes, listening to crime podcasts, reading the latest romance novel or rockin’ out to live music with friends. She says she’s only a tweet or Facebook message away, so say hi and send her the latest on your community. @MonicaHarkinstv or Mharkins@wtvq.com