City Supervisors Meeting 5 February 2021

The city departmental supervisors met on Feb. 5, 2021 at the Clinton Fire Department. Those in attendance were D.L. Webb, Phillip Jones, Richard McCormac, Will Hinchey, Jay Murdock, Jason Hayes, Charles Wilson, Tim Clark, and Chad Brown.

Fire Chief D.L. Webb reported that the current COVID-19 cases in the county were holding at around 100, with 14 deaths (13 confirmed) caused by the virus. He added that the city is well stocked with PPE supplies and shots are being given at several locations within the city. He also reported that preparations were well underway for the Clinton School District’s hosting of the 3A State basketball tournament on March 1-8. There will be 28 total games with 32 teams participating. 

School board member Phillip Jones thanked the Clinton Street Department for the cleaning up of “school hill.” He noted that the repainted street lines, along with the high visibility painted mascots on the asphalt, provide a simple and effective route to the school. It will also aid visitors in locating the auditorium. Street superintendent Charles Wilson reported that the warm weather had helped these efforts, along with the painting and clearing of debris on the hillside.

Chamber of Commerce director Jason Hayes said that the Chamber is working on gift bags for the visiting teams that will represent our community well and encourage future visits. School Board President D.L. Webb said that billboard advertisements were being made announcing the state tournament, and would be placed on Highway 65. Police Chief Jay Murdock said that his department was well prepared for the traffic and security issues and would work with school’s SRO’s during the event. He stated that he planned to close lower Fraser Street to bus traffic and believed that the new paint would be an asset for traffic safety.

Water superintendent Will Hinchey said that his lobby will remain closed for now, and that the cold weather will bring a greater chance for leaks. He reported that his department was healthy and working steady. 

Zoning official Tim Clark said that Wednesday’s flood plain Zoom went well, and progress on the Base Level Engineering mapping is on schedule. While new paper maps will take more time, digital overlays depicting accurate elevations could be accessible by late fall. 

The meeting concluded with Chief Webb complementing the cooperation between the city and the school district, working together on hosting several upcoming scholastic sporting events. He noted that Clinton’s ability to provide a tournament venue that is safely and effectively run will enhance our school’s consideration for hosting future large-scale and high profile events. Baseball Commissioner Craig Clute arrived for the 2nd week of baseball and softball signups and gave an update. He reported a good response from last week and reminded everyone that this year’s signup fee has been lowered from $45 to $25.

Despite a difficult year in 2020, the future looks positive for our community and county. Please remember to stay safe and healthy. Feel free to contact the city for all suggestions and comments.

Sincerely,
Mayor Richard McCormac

Official COVID-19 Links

ArkansasReady.com | Reopening for Business
https://arkansasready.com

Arkansas Department of Health | COVID-19 Updates & Directives
https://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programs-services/topics/novel-coronavirus

Arkansas Economic Development Commission COVID-19
Business & Employee Resources

https://www.arkansasedc.com/covid19

Governor Asa Hutchinson | Live Press Conferences
https://govstatus.egov.com/ar-covid-19

Mayor Richard McCormac 501-253-0160
Tim Clark (Zoning) 501-253-1003
Dena Malone (Recorder/Treasurer) 501-253-0159
Chief DL Webb (Fire Department) 501-454-8882