EVANSVILLE, Ind (WEHT) Local leaders from around Indiana gathered, virtually, to discuss the coronavirus pandemic. Touching on many areas, including the state of local economies.
Evansville was represented in the town hall by Mayor Lloyd Winnecke.
Some of Indiana’s local leaders, representing some of the largest cities in the state, contributed to a conversation on the impact from COVID-19.
Being probed with questions about requiring citizens to wear masks in public. To which Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke indicated no.
Then, if the mayors felt businesses in their cities have adequate access to personal protective equipment. Only one this time, Winnecke was the only one raising his hand.
And the most daunting topic, if they think there will be budget issues in the long term? It was a unanimous answer. With Evansville’s mayor driving home his yes.
“We’ve already taken a 2.8 million dollar capital budget repeal to our council. We anticipate taking another repeal at some point early this summer to our council,” Mayor Lloyd Winnecke says.
Winnecke says the driving force behind this, our local casino, Tropicana is still closed.
“Tropicana represents about a million dollars a month in revenue to the city.”
Together they discussed the differences between the different cities. Winnecke mentioning Evansville has far fewer cases of the virus than other areas. But he acknowledged people here are still hurting. Food giveaways have been overwhelmed.
“We recognize it’s not just an issue now but will need to be sustained going forward. I don’t think there has ever been a stronger focus on food security than there is now,” Winnecke explains.
Winnecke says Evansville is committed to meeting the need with the Feed Evansville initiative.