City Council Affirmation of Local Emergency Declaration COVID-19

City of Nezperce
Nezperce, Idaho


           WHEREAS, the President of the United States and the Governor of the state of Idaho have declared a health emergency related to the threat of Covid-19, and

           WHEREAS, pursuant to Idaho Code § 46-1011 the Mayor of the has declared a local disaster emergency on the 19th day March, 2020 due to the threat of Covid-19; and

          WHEREAS, said declaration sets forth legal and factual considerations in support of such declaration, and

         WHEREAS, the City Council of the City of Nezperce recognizes the imminent threat of widespread and severe harm to the health of residents and visitors to the City of Nezperce as addressed by the Centers for Disease Control and by actions of the Governor of the state of Idaho , and

         WHEREAS, such declaration activates the response and recovery aspects of applicable local or intergovernmental disaster emergency plans for the furnishing of aid and assistance; and

        WHEREAS, the emergency referenced herein exists because the contagious nature and potentially serious consequences of the COVID-19 virus for residents and visitors to the City of _Nezperce_ and requires state emergency assistance to supplement local efforts to protect life, health and property; and

       WHEREAS, Idaho Code § 67-2808 authorizes the Council of the City of Nezperce to declare an emergency and that the public interest and necessity may demand the immediate expenditure of public money without compliance with formal bidding procedures; and

       WHEREAS, an emergency declaration must be filed with the county recorder’s office and “given prompt and general publicity.”

       NOW THEREFORE, the City Council of the City of Nezperce does hereby declare:

        That a Local Disaster Emergency exists and that all efforts will be made to protect the citizens and property of the City of Nezperce through activation of all local disaster emergency plans and state emergency assistance; and

        That this Local Disaster Emergency shall continue until the Centers for Disease Control and the Governor of the state of Idaho sound an end to the emergency and the City Council expressly authorizes the discontinuance of such Declaration; and

         Pursuant to this Resolution the following steps are expressly authorized in furtherance of the foregoing disaster emergency declaration:

          Until further notice the Nezperce City Council is limiting the amount of people allowed in the meeting place of the council meetings at City Hall, 606 Maple Street. Any other changes to meetings will be done by ordinance if there is cause for additional changes.

          The Nezperce City Council is restricting access to the public at all its facilities until further notice. City Hall at 606 Maple Street, Public Works Office at 502 5th Avenue, Public Works Shop at 504 5th Avenue and the Nezperce Community Center at 604 4th Avenue.

           Use of public parks or city facilities maybe limited or temporary rules established as needed following CDC recommendations of avoiding social gatherings of more than 10 people and practicing social distancing.

           Authorizing the Mayor, in consultation with the Council President, to establish other administrative policies necessary to protect the public health and safety.

          That this Declaration of Local Disaster Emergency (“Declaration”) shall be promptly filed with the Lewis County Recorder’s Office; and

          That prompt and general publicity shall be given by a press release notifying the public of this Declaration.

          Approved by the City Council of the City of _Nezperce_ this 19th day of March, 2020.

Steve A. Bateman
Date: 3/19/2020


Rhonda J. Schmidt
City Clerk
Date: 3/19/2020