Perkins holds press conference

Mayor James Perkins Jr. held a press conference on Friday in front of City Hall.

With COVID cases rising, Selma Mayor James Perkins Jr. said on Friday he is working on a proclamation for the city to take more safety precautions that may include a curfew.

In a press conference on the steps of City Hall, Perkins said cases of COVID are rising in Dallas County, from two new cases reported on Nov. 14 to 30 new cases reported on Nov. 18.

He called it a “disturbing trend” that can be turned around if residents change behavior. 

Perkins said he will be issuing a proclamation to reinforce mandatory mask wearing in public spaces and limit the number of people at public gatherings and is considering putting a curfew in place. 

Perkins said he will announce plans related to a curfew by Monday and will announce who he is naming the “COVID czar” in charge of keeping up with activities related to the pandemic. He says this will be a voluntary role and not cost the city.

There are new protocols in place in public buildings to combat COVID, including a new body scanner that can tell if visitors have a fever over 100 degrees.

In relation to Hurricane Zeta, the city is still waiting for the federal government to sign the disaster declaration for Dallas County so they can ensure the city gets reimbursed by FEMA for debris removal. The city is moving forward with a request for proposals from debris removal companies that can start clearing city streets and right of way within 24 hours of a contractor being selected.

The RFP is live now and proposals are due by 2 p.m. Dec. 2. The city will read bids by Dec. 4 and award the contract, Perkins said.

Selma Mayor James Perkins Jr. has instructed the police chief to investigate the shooting of a bullet into his home in east Selma last week and to introduce a plan to use technology and staffing to combat crime.

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