It’s business as usual despite lockdown


The doors at Mount Olive Town Hall, other town facilities and parks remain locked, but business goes on as usual while residents hunker down in “stay home” mode due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Town Manager Charles Brown said 14 employees are working at Town Hall, and some are working from home.

The number of those working from home could increase.

“Everything is actually going fine and I think everyone has accepted the situation we are in and adhering to orders in place. We are keeping the recommended social distance and washing our hands,” said Brown, who noted there have been no issues and no absenteeism.

Since the Town Hall lockdown began March 17, Brown has not had eye-to-eye contact with either Mayor Ken Talton or board members. He did say he passed on the list of elderly residents who are on the town’s back-door trash pickup list and each board member is aware of those in their respective districts.

“I have no further specifics on that,” Brown said. “No one knows how long this will continue, but we are prepared to do exactly what we have been doing.”

The town of Mount Olive has a labor force of 66.

Police Chief Tommy Brown said there have been no issues with his personnel.

“They are adhering to all safety issues and wearing protective gear,” the chief said.

Known for his dry humor, he added he doesn’t have any numbers to back it up, but just looking at day-to-day reports indicate a decline in criminal activity.

“I guess things have slowed down so much that even thieves are not getting out for work,” Tommy Brown said.


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