COVID-19: Holly Pond’s Oliver: ‘We’re all in this together’

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Holly Pond Mayor Bill Oliver signs the Town’s declaration of emergency conditions at a special-called meeting Tuesday evening. (Maggie Darnell for The Cullman Tribune)

HOLLY POND, Ala. – The Holly Pond Town Council had a special-called meeting Tuesday evening to discuss an action plan for the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, including the proclamation of a state of emergency for the town. The proclamation will make it easier for the town to get access to funding if necessary. Most municipalities, including the City of Cullman and Cullman County, have also issued proclamations.

“I’m just bringing you up to where we are where we stand,” said Mayor Bill Oliver. “This meeting is just for information.”

Oliver said as of last Friday, March 13, 2020 all organized town-sponsored events (like parks and recreation softball and baseball) were suspended until further notice.

“It is not a cancellation; it is just a suspension,” he said. “We have to function during this. The town must go on; the government must go on. We’re all in this together.”

The council also closed/suspended:

  • The Guy Hunt Museum and Library
  • Hanceville Senior Center
  • A.R.T.S. bus service

The council chose not to close town hall, the park or storm shelters (in case of bad weather).

Oliver said, “I don’t have any intentions to close the park,” but he also noted all decisions are subject to change.

“We’re trying to take every precaution we can to keep people from meeting as a group,” he said.

The next regularly scheduled council meeting for April 6, 2020 is still on.

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