Tom Hitchcock

UPDATED: Updated Agenda this afternoon shows this ordinance has been taken off the agenda for tonight’s meeting, no explanation came with the change.

NOTE  This story updated and corrected after first posting….

(5-11-20) During tonight’s Celina City Council meeting one of the items on the agenda will be an emergency ordinance to give Safety Service Director Tom Hitchcock ‘extraordinary powers’ and declaring a ‘State of Emergency’ during the current pandemic.

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The meeting will be held online and can be viewed on the City’s Facebook page

Draft Copy of Ordinance

ORDINANCE 19-20-O

AN ORDINANCE DECLARING A STATE OF EMERGENCY IN CELINA, DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC AND TO EMPOWER THE SAFETY SERVICE DIRECTOR WITH EXTRAORDINARY POWERS DURING THE STATE OF EMERGENCY AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.

WHEREAS, in December 2019, a coronavirus known as COVID-19 was first detected in the People’s Republic of China and which has now spread to West-Central Ohio; and

WHEREAS, COVID-19 is a respiratory disease that can result in serious illness or death and can easily spread from person to person; and

WHEREAS, Governor Mike DeWine has issued Executive Order 2020-01D, declaring a State of Emergency in the State of Ohio as a necessary state-wide preventive and proactive measure to slow the spread of COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, the Director of the Ohio Department of Health has issued state-wide Orders limiting or prohibiting gatherings and the closure of certain venues and businesses; and

WHEREAS, the spread of COVID-19 within Celina would threaten to strain City resources and threaten the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of Celina; and

WHEREAS, additional measures are deemed necessary, above and beyond those instituted by the State and Federal government, in order to help slow the outbreak of COVID-19 in our community and to expedite actions deemed necessary to protect our residents.

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED by the Council of the City of Celina, County of Mercer, State of Ohio

SECTION ONE

THAT, a State of Emergency is hereby declared for the City to protect the welfare of the City’s residents, visitors, and businesses from the dangerous effects of COVID-19.

SECTION TWO

THAT, during this declared Emergency, the Safety Service Director is hereby authorized to purchase such products, hire such persons and services, and enter such short-term contracts as deemed necessary and appropriate to prevent and or mitigate the effects of this Emergency on the community.

SECTION THREE

THAT, during this declared Emergency, the Safety Service Director is hereby authorized to expend such City funds as deemed necessary and appropriate for the effective operation of the City and its personnel and to implement such temporary personnel actions as are necessary.

SECTION FOUR

THAT, during this declared Emergency, the Safety Service Director is hereby authorized to expend such funds as he deems necessary and appropriate to prevent and or mitigate the effects of this Emergency in Celina.

SECTION FIVE

THAT, the Safety Service Director is hereby authorized and directed to issue such administrative Executive Orders as are appropriate to give effect to this Ordinance, including the tolling of specific City deadlines.

SECTION SIX

THAT, whenever during this declared Emergency the Safety Service Director takes an action, based on the authority provided in this Ordinance, which action exceeds the authority otherwise provided to the Safety Service Director in the Ohio Revised Code or the Codified Ordinances, the Safety Service Director shall report such action to the Mayor and City Council within forty-eight (48) hours after taking such action.

SECTION SEVEN

THAT, whenever during this declared Emergency the Safety Service Director takes an action, based on the authority provided in this Ordinance, which exceeds the authority otherwise provided to the Safety Service Director in the Ohio Revised Code or the Codified Ordinances, such action shall not be subject to or conditioned upon ratification by City Council, but may be rescinded by a subsequent ordinance adopted by Council.

SECTION EIGHT

THAT, this State of Emergency shall continue until such Emergency no longer exists as determined by the Ohio Department of Health or City Council.

SECTION NINE

                                                                        

THAT, this Ordinance shall be declared an emergency measure immediately necessary for the preservation of the public health, safety and welfare and for further reason that additional measures are deemed necessary, above and beyond those instituted by the State and Federal government, in order to help slow the outbreak of COVID-19 in our community and to expedite actions deemed necessary to protect our residents. NOW, THEREFORE, this Ordinance shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage and approval by the Mayor at the earliest period allowed by law.

Complete Council Agenda – 5-11-20

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