Burton Mayor Declares State of Emergency

UPDATE AS OF 5 p.m. MARCH 16, 2020:
Effective immediately, Mayor Haskins has ordered Burton City Hall and all city buildings/offices closed to the public until further notice. Tonight’s City Council meeting and other scheduled meetings have been postponed until future notice. Residents and others needing to do business with the City should use other means including email, the city website, the telephone or the drop box in front of City Hall. City Employees will report to work and be available to assist through phone and email.

Burton Mayor Declares State of Emergency

Mayor Haskins Prepares for COVID-19 Pandemic

March 16, 2020

BURTON – In a proactive measure designed to protect Burton residents and employees, Mayor Duane Haskins today declared a citywide State of Emergency until further notice due to concerns about the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Mayor stressed that while no known cases of the virus have yet been identified in the City of Burton or even in Genesee County, he stands determined to take the prudent approach in protecting public health, especially vulnerable populations like older adults and young children.

“The top job of any mayor is to protect the citizens and employees who count on him to do the right thing when it comes to public health and safety,” Haskins said. “We are working hand-in-hand with emergency management teams at all levels of government and we’re taking all recommended measures to prepare for potential cases.”

Haskins assured residents that the city, county, state and federal government have plans in place to address the pandemic and associated issues. He further asked residents to limit public events until further notice.

The Mayor is additionally asking residents and others with business at City Hall to whenever possible do so remotely. He asked residents to pay utility and tax bills either electronically or at the drop box outside City Hall.

“City Hall, for now, will remain open to the public, but we want to minimize risk whenever and wherever we can,” Haskins said.       

Haskins cautioned that the situation is fluid and residents should be prepared for changing circumstances. Periodic updates will be posted on the city website at and available via news released. Those with questions may also call City Hall at (810) 743-1500.