By Faye Gaston

The Union Springs City Council met on June 15, 2020, VIA phone conference, facilitated by City Attorney Elizabeth Smithart.

Mayor Saint T. Thomas, Jr. presided with all City Council members present.

Public Assemblies were addressed.

It was voted to approve three requests for public assembly contingent on providing liability insurance, adhering to social distancing, wearing masks, and cleaning up after the event.

It was voted to approve (1) the Public Assembly Request from Heavy Hands & Mind Ministries to hold a Prayer Vigil & Juneteenth Celebration/Observation on Saturday, June 20, 2020; (2) the Public Assembly Request from Shirley Reynolds to hold a Parade/Protest against Dr. Christopher Blair, Superintendent of the Bullock County Board of Education, on Thursday, June 18, 2020; The motion carried with five in favor and Councilwoman Milan abstaining; and (3) the Public Assembly request from the Community Outreach Council/Stop the Violence organizations to hold a Juneteenth Celebration on Friday, June 19, 2020.

Councilman Roderick Clark expressed thanks to Mayor Thomas and Police Chief Jackson for supporting the Black Lives Matter Protest held Saturday, June 13, 2020, that was sponsored by Courtney Kennebrew.

Darlene McGaw announced a food distribution would be held on Friday, June 19, 2020, at the Union Springs Nutrition Center at 8:00 a.m.

However, Mayor Thomas announced that some pubic events were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

(1) the 4th of July Fireworks Show sponsored by the City would not be held this year.

(2) the Mayor's Prayer Breakfasts have been canceled until further notice.

(3) The next City Council agenda setting on June 30, 2020, and the next City Council meeting on July 6, 2020, will be held VIA phone conference calls.

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