City of Idabel's response to COVID-19
COVID-19 Updates

City of Idabel's response to COVID-19

Monday, March 23, 2020

Craig Young Mayor

Kim Corley City Clerk-Treasure


WHEREAS, on January 31, 2020, the United States Department of Public Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar declared a public emergency for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) beginning of January 27, 2020; and

WHEREAS, on March 11, 2020 the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease to be a pandemic; and

WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020 the President of the United States declared a National Emergency; due to the (COVID-19) Virus pandemic;

WHEREAS, on March 15, 2020, Governor J. Kevin Stitt signed an executive order 2020-07 declaring a State of Emergency exists in all counties in the State of Oklahoma due to the threat of (COVID-19) to the people of this State and the public’s peace, health and safety; and

WHEREAS, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has advised certain American cities and counties to limit public gatherings of 10 people, and depending on the severity of the pandemic, the size of public gatherings may be further reduced in the future; and

WHERAS, it is the duty of the Mayor and City Council to protect the health and safety of the City and its inhabitants, to preserve the peace, and to provide civil defense and emergency functions; and

WHEREAS, state law at 11 O.S. 22-120 provides that a municipal governing body may enact such rules and regulations as are necessary for the protection of the public health and may enact regulations to prevent the introduction of contagious diseases into the municipality; and

WHEREAS, a clear delegation of power to the Mayor by the City Council may be necessary to preserve the public’s peace, health and safety, including the delegation of the powers set forth herein; and

WHEREAS, the approval of this resolution is in the best interest of the residents of the City of Idabel.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOVED by the City Council of the City of Idabel as follows:

Section 1. This Proclamation shall become effective immediately upon signature by the Mayor.

Emergency Purchases: The city Mayor and/ or designee(s) shall be authorized to make emergency purchases of goods and services and enter into contracts as deemed necessary to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public and to protect public or private property from further harm or damage. Emergency purchases of goods and services shall not be subject to competitive bidding or other purchasing requirements established by the city's municipal code. Contracts pursuant to this section may be entered into by the city Mayor and/ or designee(s) without the prior approval of the City Council.

Large Gatherings: The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has in accordance with its guidance for large and mass gatherings recommends for the next eight (8) weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of ten (10) people or more throughout the United States.

To modify existing fees charged by the City, and to add new and additional fees and charges as may be necessary.

Public Events: All public events on city property, rights-of-ways, and city owned or leased facilities that consist of ten (10) or more shall be cancelled or postponed.

Section 2.  City of Idabel’s Administrative and Public Works Authority.

Throughout the term of this Global Pandemic, the City of Idabel will postpone cutting off water service for customers unable to pay their utility bills. There will be no disconnection or late penalties applied to anyone's bill during this time period and extensions will not be required.

1) In lieu of making utility bill payments at City Hall, customers are encouraged to make check, money order, or cash payments through the night drop or by mail.

2) Card payments can also be made through the City Website.

3) Questions please call City Hall. (580) 286-5631 or 286-7608

The public is encouraged to conduct business by phone or on-line or by mail to the extent possible.

The Idabel Municipal Court dockets are cancelled until May 7, 2020 or until further notice.

Section 3. Any actions taken pursuant to this resolution shall be documented and presented to the full City Council within a reasonable time, as determined by the Mayor.

Section   4. Any authority granted by this resolution to the Mayor may be exercised by the Vice-Mayor if the Mayor is unavailable, and thereafter, if both the Mayor and Vice-Mayor are unavailable, by the council members, even if less than a quorum, who are available.

This Resolution is approved in open meeting of the City of Idabel, Oklahoma, on this day 17th of March, 2020.

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