Brown puts price tag on reopening town

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Mount Olive Town Manager Charles Brown expects expenses to exceed $10,000 in reopening town hall and other town facilities.

Projects to complete before opening will include the installation of plexiglass protective shields in the offices of inspections and the town manager’s administrative assistant. Those two projects, according to Brown, will be contracted jobs.

A deep sanitizing cleansing of the entire town hall will also have to be contracted out, he said.

Plexiglass shields are already in the water department and the police department offices.

“We don’t have any numbers right now about costs, but I am confident when it is all over it will exceed $10,000,” Brown said.

Other expenses include personal protective equipment like masks and gloves, materials that are currently at a premium due to the pandemic.

The county has assisted in obtaining what PPE it can find, but Brown said the town of Mount Olive will not reopen before Memorial Day.

“We need to establish a comfort zone for our employees before we reopen,” Brown explained.

“Once we have established a comfort zone for all of our employees then it is a wait and see issue as to what the governor authorizes,” said Brown. “We are doing and will continue to do everything we can to protect our employees.”

Now in its ninth week of lockdown, the municipal staff remains clear of coronavirus issues.

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