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 Macomb Township has declared a state of emergency, causing building closures.

Macomb Township has declared a state of emergency, causing building closures.

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Macomb Township declares state of emergency

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published March 23, 2020

On March 18, Macomb Township Supervisor Janet Dunn declared a state of emergency exists within Macomb Township due to the “unprecedented” COVID-19 situation. That came just days after the same announcement was made for Macomb County. 

“The response and recovery elements of the township's emergency operations plan have been activated, and that township resources are being utilized to the fullest extent possible,” a message from Dunn states. 

At press time, the local declaration was scheduled to remain in effect through March 25. 

Dunn said last week that key staff members are working remotely and not coming to the office at this time.  

“As of today, all K-12 schools have been ordered closed by the governor, many colleges and universities have suspended face-to-face instruction, public gatherings have been limited and public gathering places, including bars and restaurants, closed, and retail establishments are facing shortages of essential supplies,” Dunn’s letter reads. 

It goes on to say that in the coming days, the township is expecting additional facility closures, more limited public gatherings, employee absences to attend to illness and/or family matters, and continued supply shortages.

Dunn’s declaration states it was made in order to effectively marshal the resources of Macomb Township government to respond to the unprecedented situation.

In a March 18 video posted on the township’s Youtube page, Macomb Township Fire Chief Robert Phillips provided an update as to the township’s actions.

Phillips is also the township’s emergency management liaison.

He is recommending the township Board of Trustees approve a resolution extending the state of emergency for an additional 90 days. That recommendation will be considered at the board’s March 25 meeting, after press time.

Dunn said March 20 the township will proceed with the board meeting at Town Hall, opposed to conducting it remotely.

She added the boardroom will be sectioned off in six-foot squares. 

“The need for this declaration is due to the uncertainty of what we will experience during the next 90 days,” Phillips said. 

With the coronavirus situation rapidly developing, he anticipates the township reaching a point where resources will become strained. The declaration will assist the township with obtaining necessary resources, and possibly recoup the funds required to handle the pandemic.

“In the event there is a complete closure of township buildings, the township is prepared to handle this,” Phillips said.

All township fire stations remain operational, but are closed to the public.

“We will get through this pandemic by continuing to work together,” he said. 

On March 16, the Macomb Township Clerk’s Office posted that by direction of the township supervisor, effective immediately and until further notice, all Macomb Township buildings will be closed to the public. 

The township will continue to serve the public through telecommunications, e-mail and the township website at The township’s phone number is (586) 992-0710. 

Drop boxes are located in front of Town Hall, located at 54111 Broughton Road, for building, planning, and engineering departments to receive, process and return plans. The township is asking that no checks or money orders be placed in the boxes. Those may be placed in a secure drop-box located at the back of Town Hall. 

Boxes have also been placed at the water and sewer department building, at 51650 Card Road, to receive, process and return plans.