The City Council met in special session on March 19, 2020 at 12:00 P.M. in the Council Chambers of City Hall.
Mayor Lester presided
Councilmember via telecommunications: Amy Farris
City employees present were Attorney Green, Police Chief Drew, Public Works Director Mager and City Administrator Kennedy.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Mayor Lester explained the special meeting was called to declare a Local Disaster Emergency due to COVID-19.
PROCLAMATION: Through a proclamation, Mayor Lester declared a local disaster emergency for Grangeville.
RESOLUTION: The Council then adopted the following resolution to affirm the Mayor’s declaration.
RESOLUTION NO. 271
(Resolution No. 271 in its entirety on file in the City’s Resolution File)
The following resolution was introduced by Councilor Peterson who moved for its adoption. Second by Councilor Canaday.
CITY COUNCIL AFFIRMATION OF LOCAL EMERGENCY DECLARATION COVID-19
ROLL CALL VOTE: YES: Canaday, Farris, Winkler, Lane, Grant, Peterson. NO: none. The motion passed. Mayor Lester then declared Resolution No. 271 duly approved and adopted.
At this time, the County has not declared a local emergency. Nothing has been determined yet on what federal assistance could include. Mayor Lester cautioned the Council and staff to be cautious when repeating information as the general public may consider what is said as confirmed. He recommended only to talk about what is confirmed by the State of Idaho or Public health.
The Library has a plan of action and will be reporting to the Library Board at tonight’s meeting and they will make a final decision.
Mayor Lester stated the declaration is for future funding. No one knows what that is, but whether it is for the City or the businesses in the City, we are declaring now for the future. At this time, City Hall, Police and Public Works are operating as usual.
Chief Drew stated citizens are taking it seriously but not going over the top. He appreciates that from law enforcement perspective.
The meeting adjourned at 12:20 P.M.
Wes Lester – Mayor
Tonya Kennedy – Clerk