Stringent restrictions and coronavirus rules are still in place throughout Kansas City. There remains a mask mandate and the local economy continues to take a hit. Nevertheless, the Water Department recently announced a return of customer shut-offs that might reveal the desperate budget problems confronted by city hall during the pandemic crisis.
And so, just to be clear . . .
KANSAS CITY WATER CALLOUSLY RESTARTS SHUT-OFFS DESPITE THE ONGOING CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC!!!
The move doesn't seem to show much regard for the current local business limitations enacted by Mayor Quinton Lucas and seeks to return to the "new normal" at the outset of cold & flu season.
"Since March, we’ve suspended water shut-offs as a common sense and compassionate response to the challenges presented by pandemic. As a non-profit utility, it’s time to resume our normal business processes and shut-offs will start again in November."
Of course the reaction has already been horrible. Here are a few quotes:
"This is going to kill people. Literally. Shame on you."
"Just in time for the winter spike. Well done!"
"So now that it’s been six months, you’re cool with people dying?"
Already we've seen this message start to spread like wildfire given that WATER SHUT OFFS CONTRADICT STRIDENT CITY HALL POLICY AMID CORONAVIRUS AND KCMO POLITICOS HAVE A GREAT DEAL OF CONTROL OVER THE WATER DEPARTMENT.
Update . . .
"Mayor Quinton Lucas responded to a tweet of the utility’s announcement saying, “One advantage of local control of this department is that we can actually vote on decisions like this and reverse them. Expect us to do so soon.”
Update . . .
Deets . . .
"Before 5 p.m., the mayor and the city council had addressed the issue and voted to extend the suspension of shutoffs. The ordinance passed 12-1, with the lone "no" coming from Councilwoman Katheryn Shields. The ordinance extends the suspension of water shutoffs until Jan. 16 of 2021."
Developing . . .