Moulton’s emergency order in response to COVID-19 has been extended until May 15, and City Hall will not reopen to the public until further updates come from the state, Mayor Roger Weatherwax said this week.
Moulton City Council members voted in a regular meeting on Monday to extend the order, which will allow time for protective glass to be installed at City Hall for utility clerks and customers.
According to an Alabama Safer at Home order issued by Gov. Kay Ivey on April 28, retailers, Alabama beaches, and government offices were allowed to reopen after 5 p.m. last Thursday, although several health restrictions including social distancing guidelines remained in place.
Under the “less restrictive order,” Ivey said retailers are required to limit facility occupancy by 50 percent and prevent customers from congregating within six feet of one another.
The order also allowed elective or non-emergency medical and dental procedures to resume, but entertainment venues, restaurant dining rooms and close-contact service providers like hair salons will remain closed until further notice.
Moulton’s emergency order, which was set in place on March 16, closed City Hall to the public and saw closures at Moulton parks, public ball fields and the Recreation Center as well.
Weatherwax said staff members continue answering phones and performing routine daily work. Utility payments and payments to Moulton Court System are accepted online, through the facility’s drop-box, or by mail. Cemetery payments are also accepted in the drop-box or by mail.
“If this is working, I don’t see why we should change operations until we receive further updates from the governor, or at least until we can get some protective measures in place,” said District 5 Councilmember Brent White.
Parks and Recreation Director Deangelo McDaniel recommended closures at city parks and ball fields, as well as playgrounds and pavilions, be extended as well.
Deangelo said he expects sports leagues to resume a month late according to plans for public schools reopening across the state.
“There is nothing in the governor’s plan addressing aquatic facilities, but it is unlikely the splash pad will open this year at all,” he said. “We were excited thinking ball leagues would be able to resume, but if you look into state guidelines, and the governor will still not permit gatherings of 10 people, there’s no way to conduct a ballgame with those measures in place.”
Weatherwax said Deer Run Golf Course would remain open and maintain the restrictions set in place in March.
The golf course is open for groups no larger than 10, only one rider is allowed per golf cart, and the social distancing rule of maintaining at least six feet between people is strictly enforced, he said.
Golf carts and equipment are regularly sanitized after each use, and no one is allowed to touch the post. The facility has also halted its foodservice until further notice.
In other business, the Council approved the 2020 State “Back to School” sales tax holiday from July 17 until July 19.
Councilmembers also approved requisitions for lagoon monitoring and well testing with Mid-South Testing and Engineering at the water waste facility for $7,785, and for street repairs at the Posey and Market streets intersection, performed by Coffey Brothers Waste Management Inc. for $17,090.
A bid totaling $9,259.50 from Quality Paving for street repairs on portions of Court, Main, Taylor, Petty, Free, and East Streets, and for portions of Byler Road and Old Hillsboro Road was also approved.
All council members were present for the Monday meeting except District 2 Councilmember Jason White.
Moulton City Council will meet next on Monday, May 18, unless a special meeting is called.