Maintaining social distance: Carter County, Lone Grove, Madill, Marietta enact policies to fight coronavirus

Drew Butler

In an effort to fight the ongoing coronavirus pandemic more communities and organizations across the area are announcing new procedures and closures. Some of the most recent announcements have come from the Carter County Board of Commissioners, the City of Lone Grove, the City of Madill, the City of Marietta, and the Ardmore Family YMCA.

After a Tuesday afternoon emergency meeting, the Carter County Board of Commissioners announced the County Administration Building will now be closed to the public. Public access to the Carter County Courthouse will also be restricted. These restrictions will be in place though at least Monday, April 6 when they will review the situation to determine if they should be extended. Though closed to the public, county offices can be contacted electronically and via phone.

Madill City Manager James Fullingim announced Wednesday the city will be closing the public library and their fitness center until further notice. Access to City Hall will also be limited. All water payments and court payments must now be mailed or left in the drop box in front of the building. Anyone needing a receipt can receive it via email if they include their email address with their payment. Fullingim apologized for the inconvenience and encouraged anyone with questions or concerns to contact him at his office via phone.

Marietta City Manager Dustin Scott said the City Council will be holding an emergency meeting on Friday where they will likely declare a state of emergency. The public library is already closed, and the city is limiting access to City Hall.

Lone Grove City Manager Ian O’Neal said the main lobby inside City Hall will be closed and the city is limiting contact at the police department dispatch until further notice. The Senior Center will also be closed during this time, and the Municipal Court Dockets are canceled until at least May 14. Utility payments can be made via mail, online or by using the drop box. City employees will remain on the job and be available via phone.

In a letter released Wednesday, the Ardmore Family YMCA said they will be temporarily closed through at least Wednesday, April 1. Though the facilities will not be available, the front office will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. They ask members to continue paying membership fees so the Y can continue with their mission of serving and strengthening the community. If this will create a financial hardship, the Y can place memberships on hold during the duration of the closure.