Here are a list of important items to communicate as well as some common replies that will help in conversations.
KeyPoint – To promote a more Healthy Fishers, the City Council should restore the partnership with the Hamilton County and Indiana State Department, eliminating or dramatically reducing the authority and scope of the recently created Fishers Health Department.
It’s too late. The Fishers Health Department was approved and there’s no turning back now.
That is simply not true. It was created – literarily overnight- with less than 48 hours notice at an emergency meeting and it can be defunded with a simple vote of the City Council.
What’s done is done. We should now focus on making the Fishers Health Department better, not eliminate or reduce it.
That’s a nice sentiment, but here’s a question: Is it worth continuing to put the public at risk as people try to figure things out for the first time? The few people who run the Fishers Health Department have consistently made up their own rules, while ignoring guidance from county, state and federal authorities. It is simply to important to try to fix – we need the county and state experts to provide our public health needs.
Why should we eliminate or dramatically reduce the authority of the Fishers Health Department?
Facts are Facts – Fishers businesses were closed while others remained open, residents were issued confusing mandates and orders that were layered on top of county and state orders, they were threatened with fines and our schools were closed longer than any other schools in Hamilton County. We cannot let this happen again.
Do you know how and why the Fishers Health Department was created?
Mayor Fadness called an emergency meeting and told the City Council that a brand new and additional health department was necessary to provide COVID-19 testing and education for businesses to reopen. Even though no other city in Indiana thought this was a good idea, Mayor Fadness insisted and the City Council approved it. The testing and education quickly turned out to be duplicative and the Fishers Health Department has now greatly expanded its role into unknown areas such as mosquito control and overlapping food truck licensure.