Growing concerns about the rise in COVID-19 numbers has once again began to affect how governmental bodies in Webster County do business.

Last week the Webster County Board of Education required masks during its bi-weekly board meeting, while city councils began to face the topic this week. A Sebree City Council meeting scheduled for Monday was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns, while Providence City Council chose to hold their bi-weekly meeting online.

That meeting is the first for the city to be held in that format in over a year. Like most other governmental bodies in the state, the city began holding online meeting in late March 2020, but returned to full in-person meetings as of July 6, 2020.

Due to state law, any meeting held outside of the normally scheduled date, time and location is considered a “special called meeting.” In that format, governmental bodies are only allowed to discuss the topic that is on the agenda for that meeting.

For Providence, the lone item was an amendment to increase the city’s budget for the current fiscal year from $7,639,484 to $8,004,707.

The change reflected an increase of $388,309 in revenue from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and a loss of $23,885 in revenue from ground ambulance service fees.

The meeting was adjourned shortly after the amendment received unanimous approval from members.

Contact Matt Hughes at or 270-667-2069

Contact Matt Hughes at or 270-667-2069