There is currently a list of approximately 90 residents in the town of Mount Olive with some type of health issue that prevents them from rolling trash pickup carts to the front of their home for pickup.
Those residents are registered with the town. Trash pickup personnel are instructed to go into back yards, pick up the cart and return it.
It is a service officials saw and felt a big need for, but now with the current COVID-19 (coronavirus) gripping Americans, the local concern has gone deeper for the elderly and those affected with health issues.
Town Manager Charles Brown said he is currently compiling a list of those residents and will break it down by the town’s four elected districts. He plans to provide the four elected members of the town board and the at-large member with a list in their respective districts.
Something needs to be done to provide further assistance to these residents, he said.
“Our plan is to assemble a list of those individuals, distribute them to town board members by district so that they will have a list of those potentially at-risk individuals,” Brown said. “Hopefully, they will be able to reach out and get some volunteers that will help in checking on those individuals to make sure they are OK.”
Brown instructed town personnel, who are out on the streets every day and know what the pulse of Mount Olive is, to step up to the plate if they know of someone.
“We are encouraging everyone to reach out and help those elderly or with health issues who cannot get out and provide for their own,” Brown said.