The city held its regular COVID-19 meeting on Monday, April 6, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. at the Clinton Fire Department. Those in attendance were D.L. Webb, Mike Curtis, John Willoughby, Jason Hayes, Tim Clark, Chad Brown, Charles Wilson, Superintendent Jay Chalk, and Richard McCormac. OEM Coordinator Jeana Williams was not able to attend.
David Deaton said that things are still going well at the hospital. There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at the hospital or nursing home. He also thanked the water department for no problems with the water and sewer.
Chad Brown reminded the city to post the Families First Coronavirus Response in every city department. This allows two weeks of sick leave pay for those who qualify. Jason Hayes is continuing to work with the city in keeping both website and Facebook pages with the same information. He is also participating in a conference call on Friday with the Arkansas Small Business Association for a question and answer session. French Hill’s conference call on Monday provided information on money for cities. Only thirteen (large population) cities received aid directly as all others will have to apply through the Arkansas Economic Development Association. Chad Brown suggested that every small business should visit with their lender first. Their information is on file and every financial institution is very aware of the stimulus monies available.
Will Hinchey reported that the two-way payment door for payment collection is still being worked on. The Water Department remains at full staff. Chief John Willoughby’s staff is also healthy and all are working regular shifts. Charles Wilson recommended to suspend recycling until further notice. He also recommended leaving the walking trail open with no parking within the park itself.
The City Council meeting will be held this Thursday with limited seating available, and masks recommended in accordance with the CDC and the governor’s recommendation.
Superintendent Jay Chalk reported that the food vendors should continue to maintain an ample supply due to some districts discontinuing their food deliveries. He also stated that some volunteers might be needed on the packaging and deliveries in the future. He reported that the Arkansas Food Bank is sending 300 family meal boxes to the district on the 15th, 22nd, and 29th of this month. He also received an additional check for $1,500 from the Hunger Alliance. Superintendent Chalk will meet with city officials and local churches later this week to discuss future meal deliveries.
Chief D.L. Webb said that a supply of x-large gloves is due in this week with all other city supplies being kept at the fire station. As always, you may call City Hall or the Mayor with any and all suggestions. We will continue to work through Chief Webb and OEM Coordinator Jeana Williams to streamline our efforts to combat the COVD-19 situation. Van Buren County Judge Dale James is arranging a multi-governmental board question and answer session for early next week. Let’s continue to work alongside one another in helping all Arkansans to overcome this outbreak. Please continue to stay safe and healthy.
Thank you for all your service,
Mayor Richard McCormac