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Webster County Fiscal Court members met in their first ever completely online meeting last Wednesday afternoon through the Zoom streaming service as they attempted to follow federal social distancing guidelines, while fulfilling state mandated open meeting requirements.

The majority of the meeting was dedicated to regular book keeping businesses, such as okaying payment of the county’s monthly bills.

The only other item on the agenda was to reappoint a pair of Webster County representatives to the Henderson County Water District board (HCWD)

HCWD, which has been in business for 56 years, provides rural water service in Henderson County, as well as to a number of customers in northern Webster County. Webster County Fiscal Court gets to seats on the board to help look out for local interests.

Kenny Rideout and Bobby Yates will continue to serve on the board for a period of four years.

With all other business completed, Judge Executive Steve Henry took a moment to thank Webster County Senior Services for stepping up to help take care of local residents over the age of 60.

“The Webster County Senior Center is serving 97 meals per day to seniors in Webster County,” Henry said, adding that normally the center delivers only 28 to 30 meals. “If anyone over the age of 60 needs a meal, or if you’d like to arrange a meal for a family member, call 270-639-5394”

Henry added that while the center has a dedicated staff of volunteers, they could always use more, and urged any resident who would like to help to call the same number.

“They will also accept monetary donations to help pay to feed seniors,” added magistrate Tony Felker. “Anyone who wants to do so should.”

Henry stated that he was aware of several residents who had already done so.

County Clerk Valerie Newell informed the court that the customers were utilizing the new drop box at the rear entrance of the courthouse.

“The public really seems to like that,” she said. “So we may try to do it from now on.”

Currently the clerk’s office cannot handle out of state transfers, and Newell said that for now what impact COVID-19 will have on elections is currently still up in the air.

The May primary has currently been moved from May 19 to June 23, but it could be moved again if the crisis continues.

Footage of the court meeting can be viewed on the Webster County EMA Facebook page. The county plans to continue hosting online meetings until the crisis abates and things reopen.

Contact Matt Hughes at matt@journalenterprise.com or 270-667-2069.