COVID-19: City of Loganville declares 30-Day Local Emergency

In the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Loganville declared a temporary 30-Day Local Emergency effective immediately until 9 a.m. April 22, 2020. Some of the key points to note from a 9:15 a.m. teleconference meeting that was held in order to take this action include:

  • Restaurants urged to shut down dining and to just serve take out and curbside delivery – don’t forget to tip the server, they are being hit very hard with the shutdowns. Restaurants that serve by the drink can allow alcohol to be included with a food order take out, such as a bottle of wine to go along with dinner.
  • Water disconnects have been suspended during the 30-day Emergency Declaration. (Added: Also late charges have been waived during this time as well).
  • City Hall is still open for necessary services but practicing safe distance, etc.
  • Fire stations are locked out to the public. Will still provide blood pressure checks but ask that people notify them of the need and someone will come out to perform the check.

The Corner Meat Market is open and only allowing three people in at a time to keep a safe distance. It is getting shipments in during the day. Also, The Green Pea has fresh vegetables and Loganville Pet Sitting is open for those people who have to go to work.

City of Loganville “War Room” during COVID-19 Emergency. Contributed photo

City Manager Danny Roberts pointed out that things could change at any time as it is a fluid situation. Mayor Rey Martinez said that at this time, to be best of their knowledge, there have been no positive cases in Loganville or Walton County.

“And we want to keep it that way,” Martinez said. “We need to come together for a common goal until we get back to normal. Don’t panic, buy what you need for that week. Support your local businesses.”

Loganville Mayor Rey Martinez during online Called City Council Meeting declaring COVID-19 Emergency Declaration. Contributed photo

The following is the full Declaration of Local Emergency and temporary Ordinance.

DECLARATION OF LOCAL EMERGENCY

WHEREAS, beginning in late 2019, the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 emerged causing a novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, COVID-19 has now become a worldwide pandemic; and

WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, the President of the United States declared the COVID-19 pandemic a national emergency; and

WHEREAS, on March 14, 2020, the Governor of the State of Georgia declared that a Public Health State of Emergency exists in the State of Georgia due to the public health emergency from the spread of COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, the COVID-19 pandemic has the potential to result in significant loss of life and has the potential to result in a major disruption of community affairs, business services, and governmental operations; and

WHEREAS, in order to mitigate or alleviate some of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in the City, certain actions are needed; and

WHEREAS, based upon the President’s Declaration of National Emergency and the Governor’s Public Health State of Emergency, it is in the best interest of the welfare of the City of Loganville, Georgia and its citizens to declare a local state of emergency to activate certain emergency powers under the City’s Charter and Code of Ordinances;

NOW, THEREFORE, pursuant to the authority vested in me as Mayor of the City of Loganville, Georgia, by local and state law;

IT IS HEREBY DECLARED that a local state of emergency exists and is expected to continue to exist throughout the City of Loganville due to the COVID-19 pandemic;

THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED AS FOLLOWS:

  1. Pursuant to this Declaration the following measures are authorized and activated effective immediately:
  • The City Manager and Department Heads are authorized to utilize all available resources of the City and subordinate agencies over which the City has budgetary control as reasonably necessary to cope with the impact of COVID-19 on the City;
  • The city is authorized to undertake all actions permitted by City Charter Section 2-24.
  • The Mayor and City Manager are authorized to execute intergovernmental agreements and applications for grants, if such are available, to meet COVID-19 related necessary expenses or serious needs of the City, individuals, families or businesses adversely affected by COVID-19.
  • The Mayor, City Council, City Manager and Department Heads shall perform and exercise such other functions, powers and duties as may be deemed necessary to promote and secure the safety and protection of the population during COVID-19 Public Health State of Emergency.
  1. That this City Declaration of Local Emergency shall continue until April 22, 2020, at 0900 a.m. or further action of the Mayor or City Council.

The following temporary Ordinance was passed by the City Council to this effect.

ORDINANCE DECLARING STATE OF EMERGENCY IN THE CITY OF LOGANVILLE, GEORGIA DURING THE PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY OF THE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19) GLOBAL PANDEMIC

WHEREAS, the President of the United States declared a National Public Health Emergency on Friday March 13, 2020; and 

WHEREAS, the Governor of the State of Georgia declared a Public Health State of Emergency in Georgia on March 14, 2020 and the Georgia General Assembly concurred with the Governor’s declaration on March 16, 2020; and

WHEREAS, the World Health Organization has declared the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 a world health emergency and a pandemic; and

WHEREAS, the City of Loganville has declared a Local Emergency; and

WHEREAS, the Charter of the City of Loganville, in Section 2.24 grants to the City the power to declare an emergency and “adopt an emergency ordinance”; and

WHEREAS, the City of Loganville has taken multiple measures to reduce the risk of community transmission, including canceling Municipal Court sessions through at least April 13, 2020, postponing annual inspections, canceling public events, canceling rentals of city buildings, and limiting public access to city buildings; and 

WHEREAS, additional measures will likely be required in the coming days and weeks to address the fluid situation and such measures will likely need to be executed quickly and free of the usual formalities and procedures required for City action.

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOVLED, and it is hereby resolved, by the City Council of the City of Loganville, Georgia as follows:

Section 1: The City Council adopts and makes the findings discussed in the “Whereas” paragraphs the factual findings of the Council.

Section 2: The City Council hereby declares a Public Health State of Emergency in the City of Loganville due to the rapid spread of COVID-19 in the United States and the State of Georgia.

Section 3: The following provisions shall govern during the Public Health State of Emergency declared herein:

a. The City Council and all other boards, commissions or agencies of the City, shall have authority to conduct meetings and take votes by teleconference in accordance with O.C.G.A. Section 50-14-1(g);

b. The City Manager, with approval of the Mayor, shall have authority to take such actions deemed necessary or appropriate for the public health and safety of the citizens, and employees of the City of Loganville. 

c. During the effective dates of this Ordinance only, a restaurant licensed to sell beer and wine for on-premises consumption, shall be authorized to sell unopened bottles or new, sealed of beer or unopened bottles of wine for take-out consumption off-premises when accompanied by an order for food;  

d. The City Council authorizes the City Manager to make or authorize others to make emergency procurements of supplies, services, or construction items while there exists a threat to public health, welfare, or safety; provided that such emergency procurements shall be made with such competition as is practicable under the circumstances. A written determination of the basis for the emergency and for the selection of the particular contractor shall be included in the contract file. During the effective dates of this Ordinance, the City Manager’s purchasing approval authority above normal spending levels shall be provided to the Mayor for approval.   

e. During the effective dates of this Ordinance only Water & Sewer late fees shall be waived.

f. The City Council desires to make certain that the chain of authority within city management is clear.  If the City Manager is unable to perform his duties, the Public Utilities Director shall assume the duties of the City Manager.  If the City Manager and Public Utilities Director are unable to perform the duties, the Police Chief shall assume the duties of the City Manager.

Section 4: All ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict with the provisions of this ORDINANCE are hereby suspended during the effective dates of this ORDINANCE (or any extension thereof) and the terms and provisions of this ORDINANCE shall prevail.

Section 5: This ORDINANCE shall take effect upon passage by the City Council and shall expire by its own terms at 9:00 a.m. on April 22, 2020, unless terminated or extended by further action of the City Council.

Section 6: (a) It is hereby declared to be the intention of the Mayor and Council that all sections, paragraphs, sentences, clauses and phrases of this Ordinance are or were, upon their enactment, believed by the Mayor and Council to be fully valid, enforceable and constitutional.

(b) It is hereby declared to be the intention of the Mayor and Council that, to the greatest extent allowed by law, each and every section, paragraph, sentence, clause or phrase of this Ordinance is severable from every other section, paragraph, sentence, clause or phrase of this Ordinance.  It is hereby further declared to be the intention of the Mayor and Council that, to the greatest extent allowed by law, no section, paragraph, sentence, clause or phrase of this Ordinance is mutually dependent upon any other section, paragraph, sentence, clause or phrase of this Ordinance.

(c) In the event that any phrase, clause, sentence, paragraph or section of this Ordinance shall, for any reason whatsoever, be declared invalid, unconstitutional or otherwise unenforceable by the valid judgment or decree of any court of competent jurisdiction, it is the express intent of the Mayor and Council that such invalidity, unconstitutionality or unenforceability shall, to the greatest extent allowed by law, not render invalid, unconstitutional or otherwise unenforceable any of the remaining phrases, clauses, sentences, paragraphs or sections of the Ordinance and that, to the greatest extent allowed by law, all remaining phrases, clauses, sentences, paragraphs and sections of the Ordinance shall remain valid, constitutional, enforceable, and of full force and effect.

Section 6.  The effective date of this Ordinance shall be the date of adoption unless otherwise stated herein.

SO RESOLVED, this 23rd day of March, 2020.

City of Loganville Mayor and staff practicing safe distances. Contributed photo

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