HEATH SPRINGS – The second-annual “Get Healthy…. Stay Healthy” Mega Health and Wellness Fair has been canceled due to the coronavirus.
The town event was scheduled for June 13. The date was selected to coincide with Men’s Health Month.
“We did not want to infringe upon the health and welfare of those persons who would be attending,” said Dr. Zora Denson, a retired educator who serves as the town’s community-relations volunteer.
Denson updated Heath Springs Town Council on Tuesday during its regular meeting, held via conference call.
Council member Tameka Morrow called it the right decision. “How can you have a health fair when you are in a health pandemic,” she said.
Last year’s health fair drew more than 300 people and 40 vendors.
Denson said the health fair planning committee has notified the vendors of the cancellation, which was recommended by a physician who serves on the committee.
“There was a lot of deliberation and consulting before we made the decision,” said Catherine Huggins, a member of the committee.
To date, the committee has raised a little more than $2,000 to defray health fair expenses, such as portable toilets, hand-washing stations and banners. Those earmarked funds will be retained for next year’s health fair.
In other action, town council:
◆ Unanimously voted to extend the town’s emergency ordinance until July 7.
◆ Reviewed the proposed 2020-21 budget, but made no decision. For now, the balanced budget is $763,370, which is $3,005 more than the current budget.
A public hearing and first reading on the budget is set for June 23, with the final reading June 24. The new fiscal year starts July 1.
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