With the fluid situation of the Coronavirus the way of doing business in the county changes also.
Effective as soon as the process can be implemented the Simpson County Tax Assessor’s office will be closed to foot-traffic.
The reason is because of the volume of people that are not heeding the restrictions of social distancing.
On Friday there were 89 people who came to do business and 100 on Monday. Because of the fear of the virus spreading personal contact is limited but the offices will remain open. Jamie Brewer said her office would be happy to assist anyone with their business through the office. They can be reached at (601) 847-1744.
She expressed her concern when a patron came in on Monday and said they are a healthcare worker and they have been dealing with patients with the Coronavirus in Jackson.
Chancery Clerk, Tommy Joe Harvey, expressed his opinion to the board that it is important that his offices should be open to serve the people who voted them into office. Other county offices were not having as much traffic as the Tax Assessor’s Office.
There are plans to install glass panels to reduce exposure to this week in the Circuit Clerk’s Office, Tax Assessors Office and Solid Waste.
It was just broadcast over the internet, Governor Reeves has issued a “shelter in place” order for Lauderdale County which is the county that Meridian is located.
Lauderdale was recommended by Health Department Officials because it is designated as a hot spot.
John Kilpatrick reported that there are not enough PPEs, Personal Protective Equipment for Simpson County. His advice about wearing masks is that some protection is better than not at all. He requested the board go into executive session to discuss worse case senarios. The board attorney said that did not meet standard of executive session.
The board agreed to gather materials from the road department, solid waste as well as scrap at Howard Industries and create an inventory of what could be disposed of. The county will create notice of intention to dispose of these non-essential materials.
The next meeting of the board of supervisors is set for Monday, April 6. In an effort to create proper social distancing it is suggested that people not attend unless they have business with the board.