Oct. 10 — To the Editor:
This summer, the City Council supported the creation of the Citizen Response Task Force. The task force brought us some great things: expanded on-street dining, PopUp NH, and regular updates on the local challenges of dealing with the COVID pandemic. It’s hard to imagine it being more successful and it’s safe to say that some businesses were saved because of the work the task force accomplished.
The challenges the task force faced are not going away; if anything, they will become tougher. Our restaurants and retailers may well face the toughest winter business conditions they have ever experienced. However, new emerging challenges are making themselves felt in the broader community; many of our citizens will soon, if not already, experience intensified needs around child care and schooling, financial stress, and eviction forbearance.
The Council now has an opportunity build upon its earlier support and