Batesville City Council unanimously passes mask-wearing resolution


On Tuesday evening, the Batesville City Council discussed an issue many other cities around the state of Arkansas (and America) are facing: wearing masks or face coverings amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recently, Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced that enforced mask-wearing would be in the hands of each municipality.

After nearly 30 minutes of discussion about face masks and a reading of the proposed resolution, the vote 8-0 in favor of the resolution.

It is important to note the difference between a resolution and an ordinance. A resolution is not a law. A resolution is a formal expression of opinion of an official municipal body adopted by a vote; whereas an ordinance is a law that may be enforced as such.

Review the adopted resolution and hear the discussion below.


An ordinance will be considered dependent on the activity of COVID-19 in the area in the future.

In other business, the Eagle Mountain water tower resurfacing project is finishing up and the tower could be back in service as early as late next week.

The council approved an ordinance to amend the Batesville Zoning District map to allow for property roughly located behind Sonic Drive-In on Harrison Street to be rezoned from Residental (R-1) to Commercial (C-1).

Mayor Elumbaugh wrapped up the meeting in reminding everyone of the importance of completing the Census. Currently, the Census reports the city is nearing 63 percent completion.

Starting August 11, Census personnel will begin going door-to-door to collect data of those who have yet to complete their Census information.

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  1. Not only do I have to go to work fearing for my own health but also the health of my husband is a severe diabetic on top of it..with a virus this strong it should not be up to the individuals who don’t care about there health or anyone elses..I’m just tired of fearing going to work because im doing what I should to protect myself and others while those who don’t care are potentially spreading this virus to me and my family.

  2. After visiting your town Oct.3,2020. Stopped into the Triangle cafe. Waitress or cooks were not wearing mask inside. We did…we are in our 70’s and wearing mask most of the time, only one of the workers were wearing one. Not our waitress.

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