Town files for FEMA funds to recover COVID-19 expenses

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The town of Mount Olive has already filed a reimbursement claim for $6,000 with FEMA for COVID-19 recovery expenses, and authorized work for the installation of protective plexiglass in several town offices.

Town Manager Charles Brown said the $6,000 is the claim for expenses of the plexiglass installation, the purchase of personal protective equipment of masks and gloves, and for hand sanitizer.

He said there will also be additional expenses that will be filed for the expenses of contracting out the sanitizing of town facilities on a regular basis.

“Some offices are going to require being sanitized on a regular basis to protect our employees and the public,” said Brown.

Convenient Glass Company of Goldsboro has been authorized to install protective glass shields in the offices of the manager’s administrative assistant Sherry Davis and Code Enforcement Officer Erin Lambert.

Some additional work will also be done to the current protective shields in the water department office, he said. Brown is hoping the shields can be installed prior to reopening.

“I am sure they have a backlog of work to do, but I certainly want this work done as soon as possible,” said the town manager.

Initially, Brown estimated it would cost the town $10,000 to reopen its offices with the needed protective equipment and measures.

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