City COVID-19 Response Meeting, July 20 2020

State of Arkansas Proclamation: Executive Order Concerning Face Coverings (PDF)

Arkansas Department of Health: Face Coverings Directive

The weekly departmental supervisors’ meeting was held Monday, July 20, at the Clinton Fire Department. Those present were D.L. Webb, Chad Brown, Richard McCormac, Jason Hayes, Sammy Ward, Tim Clark, John Willoughby, Craig Clute, and Charles Wilson.

Governor’s executive order as of July 16, 2020

Chief Webb reported that the current active COVID-19 cases in Van Buren County was at zero and that the mask order by Governor Hutchinson seemed to be well received by the city’s businesses and residents. Chief John Willoughby agreed and stated that the response of the businesses and citizens has been very helpful to law enforcement. He added that if any concerns arise, the city would talk to each business on an individual basis.

Chad Brown explained the difference between the executive order and the directive. The process involves the Governor issuing an executive order to the Arkansas Department of Health who then enacts the directive which is the law. This process gives the Department of Health the power to enforce the law. He said that while there have been dozens of directives issued during the pandemic, no citations have been issued regarding any enforcement of the law. This supported the department officials’ opinion that the city has shown a great deal of voluntary compliance across the board.

Craig Clute said that the baseball season was going well and that everyone involved was doing a good job of social distancing. Sammy Ward and Tim Clark have been looking at several wooded areas within the city limits and noted the clean up progress made on several properties upon school hill. Chief Webb was set to chair the school board meeting later in the evening and added that the final schedule for the 20/21 school year would likely occur the first week of August.

Charles Wilson reported that the “Rumble on the River” biker rally was set for August 21 & 22. He plans to meet with city officials and Jason Hayes of the Chamber of Commerce each Friday from July 24 until the week of the event. He also said that the Arkansas Department of Health has approved the event. The meeting concluded with Chad Brown giving the department supervisors a copy of the governor’s executive order and the Arkansas Department of Health’s directive.

Chief Webb reported that Mike Curtis was looking to resolve an antenna issue for the Clinton Fire Department and again thanked the supervisors & citizens for their continued cooperation.

Thank you all again for your efforts and patience during the current situation that we find ourselves in. Please continue to remain healthy and safe and contact City Hall with any and all suggestions.

Richard McCormac

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