Shenandoah, Montgomery County agree to traffic control for vaccination hub

Shenandoah City Council met March 24 for a meeting. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Shenandoah City Council met March 24 for a meeting. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)

Shenandoah City Council met March 24 for a meeting. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)

The city of Shenandoah has agreed to help provide traffic-control services for Montgomery County at the Woodforest Bank Stadium vaccination hub following a March 24 meeting.

According to Shenandoah City Administrator Kathie Reyer, the county had originally contracted services with the Precinct 3 constable and sheriff’s department. The agreement will contract up to three officers from the Shenandoah Police Department, and the county will pay at a rate of $65 per hour.

Reyer added the contract will run up to $50,000 or July 30.

Council Member Ted Fletcher said he wanted to commend Reyer and Shenandoah Police Chief Troye Dunlap for their efforts on controlling traffic at the site.

“If you were not aware of how traffic was two weeks ago, you couldn’t get an emergency vehicle through our city at any point,” Fletcher said. “[They] contacted the emergency management group ... and we immediately saw a change.”

Dunlap said traffic around the vaccine hub has been increasing, particularly following the Department of State Health Services announcement that vaccines will be opened to all adults in the state.

“We are getting an influx,” Dunlap said. “We are talking about thousands of people coming into one location. There are so many vehicles going to one location, there is just nowhere for those vehicles to go. Unfortunately, it’s going to be that way for a while.”

Dunlap said March 24 was the hub’s busiest day with 5,000 vaccines distributed. Dunlap added he has suggested opening an additional site to help with the traffic flow to the commissioners.

Shenandoah City Council unanimously approved the agreement during the meeting.

By Andrew Christman
Andrew joined Community Impact Newspaper in early 2019 after moving from Indiana. He is a 2015 graduate from Indiana State University, where he received degrees in English and journalism. He has written for a number of small town publications throughout his career as a reporter.


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