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Local towns deal with COVID-19

Municipalities across the Roanoke-Chowan area are dealing with the impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

The R-C News-Herald reached out this week to local municipal officials and inquired of any changes in town services due to the threat of the virus. The following are their responses (listed in alphabetical order):

AHOSKIE

Town Hall remains open for now. However, those who are able to make utility payments online or by phone are encouraged to do so in order to reduce the amount of foot traffic in the Town Hall.

The Ahoskie Rec Gym is closed, but all outdoor recreational facilities are open.

All other town services are operating as normal.

“Be smart and be safe; don’t panic and don’t create panic,” advised Town Manager Kerry McDuffie.

AULANDER

Town Hall (located in the old Southern Bank building) is closed to foot traffic. The Town Hall is staffed and able to accept utility payments at the drive-thru window. Those payments can also be made online.

The town-owned community building is closed and not accepting rental registrations for private functions. Those who had made prior reservations for March, April and May have all been contacted and informed that the building cannot be used for any type of function until further notice.

COFIELD

Town Hall is open for now. All other town services are operating normally.

COLERAIN

Town Hall remains open to the public. All other town services are operating normally.

CONWAY

The town of Conway reports they’re following the governor’s guidelines, but they are not yet taking any extra precautions yet and Town Hall remains open. There are currently no scheduled upcoming town events to cancel.

GARYSBURG

Garysburg’s youth basketball league and any other events being held at the Town Hall have been canceled for at least the next two weeks. The Garysburg Volunteer Public Library, which hosts computer classes and other activities, is also closed for now. The Town Hall remains open to the public as of March 18.

GASTON

Currently, there are no events to be canceled other than the monthly board meeting, though no decision has been made yet about that cancellation.

JACKSON

Citizens of Jackson who need to make a utility payment can currently only send it by mail or leave it in the drop box at the Town Hall. The Town Hall remains open, but people must call ahead of time and make an appointment to come inside for other needs such as receiving permits. These measures are in place until March 31.

MURFREESBORO

The town of Murfreesboro is encouraging citizens to conduct their business via telephone or email. Town Hall can be reached at 252-398-5904, the Police Department at 252-398-4151, and Public Works at 252-398-4888. All training, meetings, and workshops hosted at Murfreesboro offices have been canceled through March 31.

The Utility Department will suspend disconnection services for non-payment through April 10. Additionally, all late fees (incurred between March 19 through April 10) associated with non-payment of your utility bill will be waived. This waiver excludes existing and future late fees.

POWELLSVILLE

The Powellsville Town Hall remains open. All other town-provided services are operational.

The town-owned community building is closed. The town was in the process this week of informing those who had reserved the building for a private function that the building is now closed per state mandate of now more than 50 people at a single gathering. No new rentals for that building are being accepted at this time.

RICH SQUARE

Rich Square town officials were scheduled to meet this week to determine if they will take any special measures in regards to COVID-19.

SEABOARD

Town of Seaboard officials held an emergency meeting on March 17. They decided to cancel all planned events within the town, which includes the Easter Kiddie Parade and Healthy Living.

Town Officials also decided that water service disconnections and late fees will be suspended for the months of March and April. Water bills will still be mailed out as scheduled. Water services will not be disconnected for nonpayment; however, at some point, to be determined by the Mayor and the Board of Commissioners, payment will be expected. If possible, they encourage citizens to continue to pay their water bills. Citizens will be informed of any changes as they take place.

SEVERN

Severn’s Town Hall remains open at this time. There are currently no scheduled upcoming town events to cancel.

WINDSOR

At this time, the Town Hall lobby will remain open for normal operating hours (M-F 8 am-5 pm). The public will not be allowed past the lobby.

Customers are encouraged to conduct as much business as possible by telephone (252-794-2331 or 252-794-3121) or by email frontdesk@mediacombb.net

Customers are encouraged to make payments (check or money order recommended) in the dropbox behind Town Hall or online at www.windsornc.com. (Jurisdiction Code: 3968).

Livermon Park and the Campground will remain open, but no group gatherings will be allowed.

New reservations for the Windsor Community Building are not allowed for March and April. Anyone with a current reservation in March or April can cancel and will receive a full refund.

Water, sewer, electric, garbage collection, police and fire services remain unchanged.

WINTON

Town Hall is open for now; however there is a dropbox located outside where utility payments can be made. All other town services are operating normally.

WOODLAND

The town of Woodland does not currently have any upcoming scheduled events to cancel. The Town Hall remains open, but customers are only allowed to come into the vestibule at the front door, which is being sanitized daily.