Town of Many Mayor Ken Freeman signs executive order declaring state of emergency
Story and picture by staff reporter Nora Drenner
On Friday, March 20, Town of Many Mayor Ken Freeman signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency for the health, safety and welfare of its citizens.
Freeman noted the executive order was necessary to allow the town to prepare for and respond to the COVID pandemic sweeping across the state, nation and world.
Similarly, on March 16, Sabine Parish Police Jury President Mike McCormic and Sabine Parish Homeland Security and Office of Emergency Preparedness Director David Davis declared a state of emergency for the parish and as such signed an executive order to that effect.
Both executive orders allow the municipality and parish to utilize all resources available to cope with an emergency. Mayor Freeman also announced the town is taking extra precautions to protect its employees while continuing all services as scheduled.
Those precautions include taking the temperature of all employees as they clock in each day. Those exhibiting a fever will be immediately taken to a health facility for testing. Additionally, any ill the employee will be sent home until he/she is deemed healthy to return to work. The town will incur all medical expenses of the ill employee and will continue to pay them while quarantined.
Folks are reminded the town hall is closed to the public, and there is no face to face contact between employees and the public. Outside maintenance crews are wearing masks and gloves to protect themselves.
Furthermore, said mayor Freeman, the town has hired a professional pressure washing company to disinfect the sidewalks and store fronts in the town, as well as playground equipment in various areas around town. That work will commence late Saturday, March 21, and continue through Sunday as needed. Pressure washing will continue weekly until it is deemed no longer necessary.
To date, there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Sabine Parish.