Supervisors discuss Raine Street feeding program

Published 7:00 am Thursday, March 19, 2020

The Pearl River County Board of Supervisors conducted its regular business at an emergency Board meeting Monday, instead of holding the regularly scheduled regular Board meeting Wednesday.

Not holding an additional meeting was an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19. In a comment Wednesday, County Administrator Adrain Lumpkin said that county offices are open and conducting business, but anything that can be done by phone, fax or email is being done that way. The county is taking actions to limit the spread of COVID-19, like trying to limit the number of people in rooms at county buildings, said Lumpkin.

After discussing emergency measures, the Board conducted its regular business.

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The Board approved shutting down the Raine Street Feeding Program location, which is run by SMPDD. On Monday, details still needed to be worked out to determine how meals would be made available.

In a comment Wednesday, Lumpkin said that beginning March 23, meals will be delivered to the Raine Street Senior Center. Seniors will be able to pick up their meals on Mondays in a package with five days worth of meals, so that they are not congregating at the center for meal times. The change will be in effect for the next eight weeks. Meals at the center are unavailable for the rest of this week, said Lumpkin.

In a separate matter, the Board discussed county employee paid sick leave. On Monday, the county was not able to offer employees additional paid leave outside of their accrued paid time off, but by Wednesday the state legislature passed measures that allow the county to pay any employees who call in sick without requiring employees to use their sick time, said Lumpkin. If any employees do get sick, they will be instructed to go home, said Lumpkin.

In other business:

—No travel for county employees was approved, in light of the coronavirus. Instead it was all taken under advisement.

—Personnel changes for the tax office, the Sheriff’s Department and the IT department were all approved.

—Bids for cleaning services for the county were accepted and tabled to be dealt with at a later date.

—Poll worker checks were issued.

The next regularly scheduled Board meeting is Monday April 6.