“Dear Residents,

It is with deep regrets that I inform our residents that the Board and I unanimously agreed to make the difficult decision at last evenings board meeting to cancel Severance Days. Over the past couple of weeks, I have participated in numerous conversations with our County Health Department, State, Staff, and our board to determine whether we should continue to plan for Severance Days. Many factors were considered through this process and this was not an easy decision by any means. Severance Days is one of our favorite traditions and a way to celebrate, build, and bring our community together.

Too much is unknown to continue to prepare for this event as Severance Days takes several months to prepare and coordinate, and we made this difficult choice based on the current information we have today. As disappointing as it is to cancel, we need to prioritize the health and safety of our residents, employees, volunteers and partners. We know that it is in the best interest of the community to do what we can to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. One of the most difficult things as elected officials is when you must make decisions that you personally do not like or agree with but know deep down that it is what’s best for our community.

Severance Days is something we all look forward to every year and it is absolutely heart wrenching for me to deliver this kind of news to you; however, I felt that the residents should hear this type of information from me first. Please continue to stay safe and the Town Board and staff are hopeful that the community will be able to celebrate the Centennial Year of Severance later this Fall.

Sincerely,

Mayor Don McLeod

Town of Severance”