Marshall officials remain optimistic about the city’s future after the pandemic

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FARMERSBURG, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)– Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker extended the state’s shelter in place until May 30.

Mayor John Trefz, of Marshall, said many members of the community are suffering due to the city being shut down.

But he said the extended stay at home order didn’t come as a surprise.

“They looked for this to come. I actually went to Walmart today to get milk and majority of the people there were doing as Governor Pritzker has asked. 9 out of 10 of them wore masks and most of them wore gloves,” Trefz said.

He said several local businesses have seen a decline in revenue since the city shut down.

“You know anyone has that concern. How long is it going to be? Will we ever receive those stimulus packages they’re promising some? They’re concerned. Everybody is concerned,” Trefz noted.

Several city projects, such as continued pool renovations, have been delayed as a result of the pandemic.

“The pool board purchased an outside metal facility so we can book more parties and more picnics,” he said. “And obviously our electricians need to come in and wire it and put the lighting in it and electricity service to it. Then the roof materials are laying down here on a flatbed trailer.”

The mayor said these are trying times, but he’s optimistic about the country and Marshall’s future.

“We’re Americans and we always seem to recover. We do have the best, in my opinion, people working,” he expressed.

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