The department supervisors met at the Clinton Fire Station on Monday, August 10th for their weekly meeting. Those present were Jay Chalk, Jason Hayes, Charles Wilson, William Hunt, John Willoughby, Chad Brown, Richard McCormac, and D.L. Webb.
Governor’s executive order as of July 16, 2020
Fire Chief D.L. Webb said that the current active cases of Covid-19 had dropped to five from last week’s number of eight. He also said that the city still had an adequate supply of sanitizer for any upcoming events. Craig Clute had reported earlier on the success of the Big 12 – 10 & under baseball tournament and said that Clinton finished second to Concord. All towns were grateful for the season and hoped to resume with a full schedule next year. Much thanks go to all who invested so much time and effort into the shortened season.
Charles Wilson said that mowing has slowed due to the dry weather and preparations for the “Rumble on the River” biker event were in place for Friday the 21st and Saturday the 22nd. Some riders from Clinton plan to attend the biker rally held in Mt. View this weekend, Saturday the 15th. Mt. View Chamber of Commerce director, Nikki Morrow, said that this is the event’s 16th year, and that they will continue to follow the Arkansas Department of Health guidelines just as the county has been doing for their weekly music on the square.
Charles Wilson added that the north park entrance, Archey Fork Road, will only be open to motorcycle traffic, while the south Main Street entrance will be open for all others. A gate fee will be required if you are attending the rally. The rally will have live music, biker games, a BBQ cookoff, and hot air balloon rides, among many other events. Portions of the proceeds will go to several local institutions such as Meals on Wheels, the animal shelter, and the Children’s Advocacy Alliance of VBC. Multiple sanitation stations will be available, and all events will be adequately spaced for the contestants’ and attendees’ safety. A schedule of events will be posted on the city’s Facebook page with contact information posted as well. Mr. Wilson hopes to see a good turnout to support several good causes.
He added that the bass tournament, Archey Fest, and the baseball tournaments have been successful and safe, and plans on every event for the city to remain so. He said that temperatures will be taken at the gate and some extra masks will be available for those in need of one.
School superintendent Jay Chalk said that the school system is operating under a similar schedule of “moving forward slowly” with teacher and staff training all week. He also noted that the city sidewalk TAP grant will be discussed at this Monday’s August 17th school board meeting. Final approval has been delayed due to the Covid-19 situation, but things seem to be moving faster on the state level with hopes of a final ok given Monday night. City attorney Chad Brown reminded the city of the recent executive order to the Treasury Department to suspend collecting payroll taxes beginning September 1st. This should not adversely affect the city’s budget but could add work to the recorder/treasurer if enacted.
After further discussion on the Arkansas Department of Health’s guidelines for all city events and school districts, all agreed that caution and common sense would remain the determining factor in the public’s health, safety, and welfare.
Thank you all for your efforts in helping our city and county to remain safe and healthy. Please contact City Hall with any questions or concerns.
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