Closing of Arenac Courthouse approved at county commissioners meeting

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STANDISH— The Arenac board of commissioners voted unanimously for the closure of the Arenac County building beginning March 18 at 7 a.m. due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Arenac County Emergency Supervisor Ed Rohn discussed with the board that Iosco, Saginaw, Bay City, Genesee, Lapeer, Tuscola, Ogemaw, Saginaw, Bay City and Midland counties all underwent similar measures.

Rohn addressed the board about options available regarding giving employees and the public access to the building. He gave the board his recommendations for a plan of action. 

The first option he stated was a total lockdown of the building with it being closed to employees and visitors. The second option was the building being locked with employees still being permitted to work and visitors being able to be let in as needed after making appointments for the services they need. The third option Rohn stated was the building being locked but there would be an individual present to monitor the door. The final option would be no modifications to the standard operating procedure. The board voted for the second option in which business is to be done by appointment only.

“If you absolutely have to come to the building, the office you need to see will meet you at the door and you could go to the office and conduct your business following social distance,” he said.

Both Rohn and the board discussed the situation with the COVID-19 virus is still fluid and the county government will monitor the situation and make adjustments as needed.

“All indications are that the curve is still going up,” Rohn said about the COVID-19 cases.

The board of commissioners also voted to approve tribal funds to go to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan. The state DHHS and Arenac County social service board collaborated to approve the funds to be distributed. Local churches that have an account with the food bank can then draw on the funds. 

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