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Monterey Receiving COVID Safety Equipment

/ The Upper Cumberland's News Leader

Monterey’s administrative buildings will receive upgrades for its COVID safety equipment through the CARES Act.

Mayor J.J. Reels said the town has $43,000 to spend before the end of the year.

“If you don’t use it, you lose it,” Reels said. “So, that’s what we’re trying to do. We’re trying to use it all that way we will be able to provide better protection and safety for the people of Monterey, as well as our city employees.”

Reels said incoming items include touchless hand dryers, sinks, hand sanitizer stations and an ultraviolet light device that neutralizes airborne germs. The town searched for pricier equipment, such as ultraviolet lights, in order to spend the remaining funds.

“That’s why we had to think outside the box and try to look at some more expensive items,” Reels said. “That’s where the UV lights and that kind of stuff comes in. Plus, we’re going to be stocked with paper towels and hand sanitizer solution and all that stuff for probably years.”

City hall, the police department and the depot will have touchless toilets and paper towel dispensers installed over the coming weeks.


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