Editor's Note: As of today, Wednesday, March 25, according to tn.gov/health, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Giles County. Four counties contiguous to Giles — Maury and Lincoln in Tennessee and Limestone and Lauderdale in Alabama — have confirmed cases.
Parts of Ardmore, Tenn., City Park will close until April 2, and the public library will close until April 6, following action by the city’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen March 18.
Board members met in special session to take the action to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Ball fields, the soccer field and basketball court at the John W. Barnes Area Park will be closed until April 2, when the board is next scheduled to meet.
According to board members, they will decide at that meeting whether to allow public usage to resume.
Concern has grown among members of the public and among board members about using the park, which led to the March 18 meeting.
The walking trail and track at the park will remain open for public use.
The Ardmore Public Library, which serves patrons in Ardmore, Tenn., and Ardmore, Ala., will close until April 6, a request that came from librarian Verlin Collins and the library board.
After Mayor Mike Magnusson spoke with attorney Joe Henry, on March 19, they agreed that the city would pay library employees until April 2, when the Board of Mayor and Aldermen meets to re-evaluate the matter, according to City Recorder Mary Prier.
“We are not asking them to close. They asked to be closed until April 6,” Alderman Paul VanManen said during the discussion of whether the library personnel should be paid during the shutdown.
“They are the ones who want to be off,” said Alderman Garon Hargrove, who also questioned paying the library employees.
On another matter, Magnusson said he was gathering information on possibly live streaming the board’s April 2 meeting to meet a directive by Gov. Bill Lee to avoid large public gatherings.
The Pulaski Board of Mayor and Aldermen was set to meet after press yesterday (Tuesday).
City Administrator Terry Harrison said Monday that the board would like to keep the number of people in attendance to a minimum at their meetings. The meetings will be broadcast as usual on Channel 3 for those not able to attend.
He also said the City of Pulaski has been discussing a number of contingency plans in response to COVID-19, and will err on the side of caution.
Harrison said the city is reaching out to neighboring cities and communities in order to work together as the pandemic spreads closer to home.
The city of Elkton is closing its public library and is not taking reservations for its community room or for its city park, according to Mayor Jimmy Caldwell.
Fire and police departments will be open for non-emergencies as determined by the department chiefs.
City hall will remain open, however, the lobby door will be locked. The city recorder will accept entrance on a case-by-case basis. Everyone is required to call city hall for business appointments. In the event of an emergency, call 9-1-1.
“I hope all will understand the importance of the protection of our general public and the safety and welfare of our city staff,” the mayor wrote.
“We closed the library today (March 23),” Minor Hill City Recorder Paige Birdsong said.
The city continues to see what will happen, she added, and officials have discussed what might happen regarding Board of Mayor and Aldermen meetings.
The Minor Hill board is next scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 7.
The Town of Lynnville also continues to see what will happen, according to Dawn Baron, Water Department clerk.
Barring a special meeting, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen is scheduled to next meet at 5 p.m. Monday, April 6.
The town’s Easter Egg Hunt will not be held April 4 due to fears of spreading the virus, Baron said.
Work recently was completed on roof repairs and ceiling tiles on the building housing the Lynnville Branch of the Giles County Public Library and part of the interior was repainted, but the library is not open due to fears of spreading the coronavirus.