BCC set to reopen Tuesday

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

By Haley Schichtl


The Berryville Community Center reopened Tuesday, Sept. 8, after closing six months ago because of COVID-19.

The hours have been altered to provide time for cleaning and disinfecting the building more often. The center will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. The building will be disinfected during its closure between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. as well as after the nightly closure.

Joe Scott, director of the city’s parks and recreation department, was at the Berryville council meeting Tuesday, Sept. 1, to discuss the center’s reopening. He said community center members will have their memberships extended.

“We’ll probably over-extend them, to allow for some awareness that we’re back open again,” Scott said.

He said he expects that members will remove their masks to exercise, but the exercise equipment has been spaced out so they won’t have to be near each other, and there will be hand sanitizer throughout the building.

“We’re depending on the public to police themselves in terms of congregating,” Scott said. “People will have to be masked to come into the building. ... If they have a temperature of 100.4 or higher, they will not be allowed entry.”

There will be no classes and meeting room, banquet hall, or pool rentals in September, but they will be assessed for October.

“They’ve done a great job remodeling this thing. It’ll be kind of like coming into a new building for a lot of the public,” Mayor Tim McKinney said.

In other business, the council continued discussing ways to slow down traffic on East Mountain Avenue and Saunders Heights Drive.

McKinney said he would like to try putting a four-way stop at the intersection of Jackson and Mountain. He also mentioned the future possibility of putting in a radar sign that tells drivers how fast they are going with the speed limit to see if that will make people more cautious.

The council also voted to allow Gary Gunn to use the public square to perform gospel music Saturday, Sept. 12 and Saturday, Sept. 19, after the farmer’s market.

McKinney announced he was named the first vice president of Arkansas Municipal League at its annual convention Aug. 19-21.

“When he is president, we get to showcase Berryville on a monthly basis in the City & Town Magazine,” administrative assistant Jay Lee said.

The council’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, at the Berryville Community Center.

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