QC Holds Special Meeting

Thursday, March 26, 2020
Penny Hill is pictured leaving the Clay County Courthouse in Piggott Monday morning for a temporary assignment at Paragould. Hill, with the State of Arkansas Revenue Department, reports the local office will be closed for the time being due to the restrictions on the public visiting the courthouses in Piggott and Corning. Currently, only county employees are being admitted without an appointment.
TD photo/Tim Blair

Members of the Clay County Quorum Court met in special session on Friday, March 20, and approved a disaster emergency proclamation in connection with the current COVID-19 pandemic. The proclamation would be required should the county be forced to seek disaster relief funding.

During the gathering the justices also reviewed the county's response, and agreed to close the courthouse to regular business beginning Monday.

“Clay County officials think its important for you to know that we are monitoring the news and staying abreast of the changing developments with the COVID-19 (coronavirus),” Judge Mike Patterson noted. “We want to assure you that the health and safety of our citizens and employees is our top priority. Effective March 23, 2020, Clay County Courthouses will be closed to the general public.”

The release further noted that official business with the county and circuit clerk may be conducted only by appointment, and instructed those wanting to make an appointment on the correct number to call. Those wanting to reach the County Clerk's office should call 870 598-2813 and those wanting to reach the Circuit Clerk's office may call 870 598-2524. The sheriff and collector's office may be reached at 870 598-2266; the county treasurer's office number is 870 598-3879; the assessor's office may be reached at 870 598-3870; district court may be reached at 870 598-2265 and Veteran's Services officer Tommy Huggins may be reached at 870 783-0168.

“We hope you'll consider conducting your county business by phone or email,” Judge Patterson offered. “Thank you for your cooperation during this trying time.”

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