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Mayor praises community response to pandemic in holiday address

“A calm strength from the people of Grand Island”
Grand Island Mayor Roger Steele, who was quarantined himself at one point this year, praised...
Grand Island Mayor Roger Steele, who was quarantined himself at one point this year, praised his community Tuesday for its response to the pandemic.(Diamond Nunnally, KSNB)
Published: Dec. 15, 2020 at 5:52 PM CST
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Grand Island Mayor Roger Steele Tuesday praised his city employees and the community’s citizens for doing the right thing during a year made difficult by COVID-19.

During a holiday address offered online Tuesday morning, Steele said the 530 city employees made his job easy by making what he called an extraordinary effort to deliver public safety, emergency response, water and electricity, safe streets and recreational opportunities.

He thanked Grand Island citizens for protecting themselves and others by wearing masks and practicing social distancing.

“I have seen a calm strength from the people of Grand Island who recognized the need to help and uplift others,” Steele said. He went on to say that the pandemic could have been much worse in Grand Island if not for citizens who did the right thing under difficult circumstances.

“This year has brought out the best in our city with thousands of people finding ways to offer comfort and hope to fellow citizens,” Steele said.

During the address, Steele asked the community to remember those who were hurt by COVID-19 and needed help with rent and food. He praised local churches and charities who have helped those in need.

Steele said that the community can capture the true spirit of the holidays by making this a season of comfort, joy and hope for everyone.

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