Dora, Sumiton adjust to COVID-19 restrictions


SUMITON – Mayor Petey Ellis in Sumiton and Mayor Randy Stephens of Dora gave updates for their respective cities on Tuesday.

“I talked to David (Sumiton’s fire chief) this morning, and we don’t have any new cases (COVID-19) anywhere around that we know of,” Ellis said. “We’re just trying to keep ourselves safe, and help the people that we can help.”

The fire department has the supplies they need right now, Ellis said.

Sumiton City Hall is closed to the public, and the employees are trying to stay separate from one another to do their work, according to Ellis.  The city had a night deposit box for years, but people rarely used it until now. “It’s working and doing what it’s supposed to do,” he said.

Garbage pickup services are on schedule.

The businesses in Sumiton are complying with the guidance put out by Gov. Kay Ivey last week. The beauty shops and other non-essential businesses are closed. Walmart, Dollar General, pharmacies, gas stations, and the hardware place are still open. 

Stephens provided an update for the City of Dora. 

The regular Dora City Council meeting for Thursday night has been canceled, according to Stephens. “By our first meeting scheduled for April 9, we should know a lot more about the virus,” he said. “If the current restrictions are still in place, we may go to a phone conference-type meeting.”

The city closed the basketball courts and the playgrounds.

Dora City Hall is still open to the public, but according to Stephens, that could change after the payment drop box is installed. 

“The dropbox should be operational by tomorrow (Wednesday),” Stephens said. If city hall does close to the public, clerks would still take appointments by phone if someone needed to come inside to conduct business.

Horse Creek Golf Course is currently open, but the snack bar is closed for in-house dining, according to Stephens. Any events scheduled for the golf course event room or at the civic center, will have to be canceled or rescheduled, according to Stephens. If events can’t be rescheduled, the person should call the city hall and arrange for a refund.

Garbage pickup is going as scheduled. Both the fire department and the police have the supplies they need for now. “We have asked that if people what to file a report, that they call the police station and file the report over the phone, rather than come into the police station whenever possible,” Stephens said.

The restaurants along Hwy. 78 are open for drive-through only. The Piggly Wiggly and Dollar General stores are open.