Lincoln County Commissioner Wednesday tackled a few high profile issues including when to test people for the Corona Virus and maybe when not to. The commission struggled with the idea that testing itself is a point in time, after which the tested person could be exposed soon-after and suddenly they’re able to infect others around them. The only way to ensure one’s health status would be to be tested everyday and that’s not likely to happen. Otherwise, those who come down with the disease and show symptoms are told to stay home for 14 days to determine whether their own body immune system can handle the virus – if not, they wind up in the hospital.
Looking at it from another angle, commissioners wrestled with the issue of face masks inside public facilities – the courthouse especially. County Counsel Wayne Belmont strongly implied that the laws surrounding such issues is less than clear and consequently he recommends people entering the courthouse, or other public facilities, to wear a mask while they do their business in the public facility. The head-scratcher on this issue is that those who are appearing inside a courtroom MUST wear a face mask – a rule that does not necessarily apply to other citizens whose purpose for being in the courthouse deals with non-court matters. The commissioners tabled the issue until next week’s commission meeting. As a footnote, those entering the courthouse will likely be asked to put on a face-mask…but again…as it stands today….face masks are not legally mandatory in the courthouse unless they’re headed for courtrooms. For those who cannot wear a mask due to medical constraints, they’re exempt from mandatory masking.
The commissioners extended the county’s temporary shelter program for families who otherwise would be homeless due to the virus. Commissioners approved a 30 day extension with local lodging facilities by approving $88,000 worth of temporary stays, using substantial financial assistance from state and federal governments. By the way, the county has applied for a federal disaster grant to help provide more broadband internet services to the county and personal protection equipment for emergency workers.
The commissioners approved an early June opening of county parks for camping. Moonshine Park is the only large camping park run by the county. The county parks director said the commission’s proposed Phase II opening of the park on June 1st is too soon for his department. He asked for and got approval for Moonshine to open between June 1st and June 7th. The vote among commissioners was unanimous.
And the commissioners approved a contract with a company that will be replacing the Wolkau Road Bridge, on a country road 3 miles east of Ona Beach as the crow flies. The bridge has been in service for decades and needs replacing. Commissioners were told that the new bridge will be longer and wider making travel across it more pleasant, if not more safe. Cost of the project is nearly $600,000 and completion of the new structure is scheduled for the end of October.