Monticello Mayor Tracie Sexton has declared a state of emergency for the City of Monticello, effective Friday, March 20.
It will remain in affect until it is terminated by the issuance of
another executive order by Sexton.
The declaration grants Sexton certain powers including the
utilization of city personnel, services, equipment and any necessary
acts to manage the COVID-19 situation.
It states, "Subject to any orders of Governor Andy Beshear, I hereby
order and direct any and all departments of the City of Monticello to
coordinate and cooperate with the Wayne County Health Department,
Kentucky Department for Public Health, any federal agencies to
respond to the threat presented by the novel coronavirus, COVID-19,
by exercising the powers articulated in KRS Chapter 39 A and 39 B and
to provide information to individuals, businesses, organizations, and
other entities to best prepare and respond to the COVID-19 State of
Sexton said that she had been hesitant to issue the executive order
earlier in the week in an effort to prevent panic.
"During a conference call between mayors across the state and
Governor Beshear earlier this week, we were told to expect positive
cases in all communities," said Sexton.
She has also signed an executive order closing the doors of City
Hall to the public, and that became effective on Monday, March 23.
"I am confident that we can adhere to social distancing rules, as we
do not have a large number of employees that work inside City Hall,"
stated Sexton. "However, to fully ensure the safety of the public,
our employees and their families, we will communicate with the public
by phone, electronically, or by mail."
At this time, Sexton said that the process for picking up police
reports will change. Only people who need immediate emergency
assistance may come through the front door of the police department.
Domestic violence situations are considered emergencies.
The public will need to call City Hall or the officer they have been
in contact with, to communicate whether they want their report
emailed, faxed or sent through the U.S. mail.
Sexton added that anyone with questions is welcome to contact her at (606) 278-3937.
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