How Henry County leaders are navigating through pandemic
DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - Henry County is seeing the least amount of Covid-19 cases of any Wiregrass county, but the pandemic’s affects are still being felt.
Abbeville mayor Jimmy Money knows first-hand what its like to have the virus. He’s slowly recovering two weeks after having the virus.
“Just a loss of energy,” Money said. “It gives me a good excuse to go home about 4:00 and rest.”
Money said his biggest fear was giving it to someone else. He said he did his best to follow all health department protocols.
Aside from the physical effects, the pandemic caused numerous changes in the area. One official says it did improve communication, as leaders work together more to make sure everyone has what they need.
“We have a strong association that are telling us what other counties are doing, what we may need to do,” David Money, Probate Judge and County Commission Chairman, said. “We try once a week to meet with all the department heads, talk about ‘what is your major issue now, how can we help,’ communicate with each other.
Money says there have been a lot of changes implemented at the courthouse.
“We’ve rerouted the way they go in to try to keep from having two way traffic,” Money said. “One of the good things that has come out of it, is people have discovered you can renew your tags online. A lot of people are doing that now.”
Mayor Money said some projects in Abbeville were put on hold last year due to the virus.
“We have a twenty home remodeling project that was approved first of the year that was put on hold by Covid,” the mayor said. “We were supposed to be finished in September or October. Haven’t started yet, and because of that, the way federal grant works, you can’t get another one until you finish with the one you have.”
Not only a change in plans, but a change in how we interact with people.
“I like to hug people,” Mayor Money said. “It’s really taken a toll on me and a lot of other people and because that was the life style we were used to.”
“We’re going to continue to do what we’re doing, and be flexible and try to adapt as times change,” Judge Money said.
A new Abbeville police chief is expected to be named in the coming days. The announcement was put on hold due to some positive coronavirus tests last week.
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