As the number of positive COVID cases within the county continue to rise, the Wayne County Board of Supervisors approved a new COVID policy for the Wayne County Courthouse during the regular meeting held on September 7.

“Because of the surge in positive COVID cases in Wayne County, the Board of Supervisors will implement the following policy for everyone working in or visiting the courthouse effective immediately September 8, 2020,” read Supervisor Dave Dotts.

The approved policy states facemasks will be required in all public areas. They will not be required for employees in office areas if social distancing of six feet can be maintained.

Anyone in attendance at meetings in the courthouse will be required to wear a mask and maintain social distancing. Moving forward only one supervisor will be in the courthouse and available at any time except when attending meetings.

All courthouse employees will need to remain in their areas except for business purposes. State guidelines will be applied to personal and area sanitation.

The newly approved policy will remain in effect until rescinded by the Board of Supervisors.

In other business, the board approved the tax sale certificate for the City of Lineville in the amount of $168 plus the $10 assignment fee.

Engineer Randy Zerr informed the board the rainy weather conditions have delayed the date on the repaving of Highway S26 going into Allerton from Highway 2. It was unsure what the new start date would be at this time.

Veterans Affairs Director Joella Perry informed the board through the Transit 10-15 board, any veterans that schedule a ride to Des Moines on the third Thursday of the month would now be able to make this trip free of charge. This was a previous $25 charge that with the money available will be offered at no charge until the money is exhausted.

A special meeting was to be held on September 14 for discussion of the New Venture Administrator with the next regular meeting scheduled for Monday, September 20 at 9 a.m. in the Conference Room at the courthouse.

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