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Centralia aldermen declare state of emergency

Posted on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 2:46 pm

Starting 12:01 a.m., Tuesday, March 31, the Centralia’s Board of Aldermen, led by Chris Cox, mayor, declared a state of emergency for the city of Centralia.

That was one of the results of the Board of Aldermen’s virtual meeting the evening of March 30. They also discussed the city budget and a labor contract.

The screen’s-eye view of the Centralia Board of Aldermen’s virtual meeting, during which they declared a state of emergency.

The evening’s high point was discussing the city’s declaration of a local state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. “to employ measures to protect public life, health, safety, and property to limit the development, contraction, and spread of COVID-19, the disease creating the emergency.”

By passing the resolution the board of aldermen gave Cox and City Administrator Heather Russell the following powers. “If conditions worsen and the situation becomes necessary,” Russell said:

• Prohibit all, or limited types of, in-person gatherings of people within the City of Centralia.

• Close any and all sections or portions of the City offices, buildings, or properties under city control.

• Schedule mandatory overtime for any employee of the City.

• Reduce staffing or hours for staffing for all employees.

• Require employees and the public to disclose if they have returned from trips where they might have been exposed to the virus or if they have been around any individual displaying COVID-19 symptoms.