City COVID-19 Meeting, May 26, 2020

The weekly supervisor’s meeting was held Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at the Clinton Fire Department. Those attending were D.L. Webb, Chad Brown, Craig Clute, Richard McCormac, and Charles Wilson.

Chief Webb mentioned that as the states begin to “re-open,” the time between Phase One and Two could be extended farther than originally projected. Baseball Commissioner Craig Clute agreed and mentioned that the prospect of beginning baseball in mid-June is still viable with Concord and Heber Springs willing to have a modified season. He mentioned the Big 12 guidelines, and that Greenbrier was planning beginning June 1st.

Chief Webb stated that Clinton needed to submit a plan to the Arkansas Department of Health for each activity planned, such as baseball, Archey Fest, and the Archey Fork Car Show. Chad Brown agreed and said he will work with the city supervisors in drafting those letters. All agreed to have an activity health plan letter by June 1st. Plans include introducing a baseball schedule at the same meeting on Monday June 1st, with the decision on playing reached later next week. Waymon Bruce with the Alread fireworks show and Paul Rhoda of the Archey Fork Car Club were also contacted and made aware of the process of contacting the Arkansas Department of Health and they agreed to comply.

Tim Clark will also submit a plan for the bass tournament which will be held on July 13-14th. Charles Wilson was confident that the parks and recreation department could have hand sanitizer in place and enough seating for spectators while remaining safe for baseball events. Signage and individual waivers will be included as well. Jason Hayes said that Archey Fest will be held at the end of June with carnival rides still being discussed. Charles Wilson hopes to move the Soap Box derby races to “Yellow Jacket Hill” allowing for a wider viewing and participant base.

All department heads expressed optimism in moving forward and agreed to take a “see as we go approach.” Safety for our citizens will not be compromised, but getting outside again will be good for everyone. Modifications will be made to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of our citizens. As always, feel free to contact City Hall for any input, and thank you Clinton, Arkansas and Van Buren County.


Richard McCormac