At a special called meeting March 18, Brookport Mayor Tami Wessel issued a declaration of a state of emergency due to the recommendations by the federal government to try and slow the transmission of the virus Covid-19. No cases have been detected in Massac County as of that date. By passing the declaration, the city will be in a better position for state and federal help.

An ordinance to that effect was passed which also includes the possibility of curfews. The mayor is following the direction of Gov. JB Pritzker. At present Wessel is asking people stay in place and not gather in more than groups of 10.

The lobby to city hall will be closed, but the drive through window will be open to pay bills. Schools are already closed and most churches are not holding services. The library and gym are also urged to close their doors.

An ordinance for electronic attendance at meetings was also passed. There may not be a public council meeting in April if the emergency still exists. However; meetings may be held by video conferencing possibly on Facebook Live. Those details have not been defined.

Because hand washing plays an important role in limiting virus transmission, there will be no water cutoffs for the duration of the emergency. People will still be billed for usage.

Ideas for the AARP Community Grant were discussed. Kathy Tucker had written one to improve the public bathrooms and make them handicapped compliant. The Brookport Betterment Committee was working on park improvement to include the ball fields, benches, pavilion lighting, bathrooms and basketball court. Alison Boyt suggested exercise equipment be included with the playground.

No decision was made, but the deadline is March 24 if Southern Five writes the grant for the city.

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