Dahlonega declares state of emergency

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. –– During a special called meeting at 4 p.m. on March 25, the Dahlonega City Council concluded its state of emergency discussions which began during a special called meeting on Monday. The Council unanimously adopted the emergency declaration which covered a number of areas specific to city operations and not currently addressed as part of Governor Kemp’s state directives and the County’s emergency declaration earlier this week.
“We believe this action helps further ensure public health and safety,” said Mayor Sam Norton. “It also makes it possible for our city staff to continue their work on behalf of our residents.”
Among the emergency measures adopted by the Council:
  • Boards, commissions and agencies of the city are permitted to conduct meetings and take votes by teleconference.
  • The city manager, with approval of the mayor, is authorized to take necessary actions to protect the public health and safety including temporary closures of city facilities, cancelling certain city functions, and allowing staff and business to be conducted at alternative locations, among other administrative and emergency actions necessary to protect the public health and perform essential functions.
  • Restaurants must suspend dine-in services, but are permitted to continue delivery, drive-thru, or take-out services. Patrons, employees and contractors must maintain at least six (6) feet of personal distance. Restaurants licensed to sell beer or wine for consumption on premises, may sell unopened containers of beer or wine with the purchase of food for take-out consumption off-site, during the state of emergency.
  • Gyms, fitness centers, and entertainment facilities are required to close immediately and must remain closed until the state of emergency has been amended or lifted.
  • Public and private gatherings of more than 10 people, occurring outside a household are prohibited (This provision does not prevent business activity or the delivery of medical and other health services unless otherwise specified, but it does prohibit any public gatherings on city-owned or controlled properties for the duration of the emergency.).
  • Following the City Charter and Dahlonega’s current form of government, the finance director is designated to succeed the city manager in the event he is unable to perform his duties. If both the city manager and the finance director are unable to perform these duties, the mayor as chief executive officer of the city will assume the city manager duties.
  • The bid and competitive portions of the City’s procurement policy are temporarily suspended, authorizing single-source purchases by the City Manager with mayoral approval and Council-reporting, for COVID-19 related needs.
The full emergency declaration is available here. The Council plans to meet weekly and revisit the declaration as needed and as circumstances change.
“I appreciate our Council’s leadership during this difficult time,” said City Manager Bill Schmid. “These aren’t easy decisions, but we’re trying to take the necessary steps at the most appropriate time.”
The city’s emergency declaration follows both state and county restrictions announced earlier in the week, aimed at curbing the spread of the Coronavirus. According the Georgia Department of Public Health daily status report website, Lumpkin County currently has three reported cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) as of the March 25, 7:00 p.m. update.
“Health officials tell us the numbers will grow across Georgia, so how our community responds now is important,” said Norton. “I’m hopeful that if we take steps now, we can possibly get back to normal sooner rather than later.”
Additional resources:
FEMA’s Coronavirus Rumor Control – https://www.fema.gov/coronavirus-rumor-control
Georgia Department of Public Health – https://dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus
District 2 Public Health Department – http://phdistrict2.org/

Dahlonega closes City Hall, will consider declaration of state of emergency

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DAHLONEGA, Ga., –– The Dahlonega City Council held an emergency special called meeting today (March 23 at 8:00 a.m.), following the first confirmed Coronavirus diagnosis in Lumpkin County over the weekend. The Council had only two agenda items to discuss—temporarily limiting public access to City Hall and a state of emergency resolution.

Prior to a more than one-hour public discussion of the draft emergency resolution, the Council unanimously voted to close City Hall to the public until further notice, beginning at noon today. This follows earlier proactive steps taken by the city to prevent further spread of the Coronavirus by limiting public access at City Hall; encouraging online and payment drop-off options; and creating a virtual option for the March 19 Council meeting.

Mayor Sam Norton said, “As a small city, it’s critical that we keep our staff healthy to ensure continued services to our residents. We continue to closely monitor this situation with the help of our state and federal partners, but working together, we’ll all get through this.”

The draft emergency resolution is similar to actions taken across Georgia in communities, both rural and metropolitan, and in communities with confirmed diagnoses as well as communities with no confirmed cases. By declaring a state of emergency, it allows city officials to take necessary steps to ensure the overall health and welfare of city residents.

“This action isn’t something that we take lightly,” said Mayor Sam Norton. “None of us support government overreach, but in times like this, local governments must be empowered to take decisive actions when it comes to the public health and safety.”

Among the emergency measures to be considered by the Council during its next special called meeting on Wednesday, March 25 at 4:00 p.m.:

  • Permitting boards, commissions and agencies of the city to conduct meetings and take votes by teleconference.
  • Allowing the city manager, with approval of the mayor, to take necessary actions to protect the public health and safety including temporary closures of city facilities, cancelling certain city functions, and allowing staff and business to be conducted at alternative locations among other administrative and emergency actions necessary to protect the public health and perform essential functions.
  • Requiring restaurants to suspend dine-in services, but permitting delivery, drive-thru, or take-out services and to have patrons, employees and contractors maintain at least six (6) feet of personal distance.
  • Requiring gyms, fitness centers, and other high-contact business models to suspend daily operations.
  • Prohibiting public and private gatherings of more than 10 people, occurring outside a household (this provision would not prevent of business activity or the delivery of medical and other health services unless otherwise specified).
  • Further establishing the administrative succession roles, following the City Charter and current form of government, by designating the finance director to succeed the city manager if he is unable to perform his duties and if both the city manager and the finance director are unable to perform these duties, the mayor as chief executive officer of the city will assume the city manager duties.

Residents and business owners who would like to share feedback regarding the proposed emergency resolution can send comments to the City by email at customerservice@dahlonega.gov.

 

The possible state of emergency follows the Council’s March 19, 2020 special called meeting where the City Council unanimously approved two measures that assist with city efforts in responding to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Those measures included a comprehensive employee telecommuting policy and a temporary moratorium on special event applications. Effective March 20, the city is no longer accepting new special event applications until further notice.

 

As part of these recent changes, all non-essential city staff will immediately shift to remote worksites, telecommuting from their homes.

 

“All essential city services continue to operate uninterrupted at this time,” said City Manager Bill Schmid. “Shifting non-essential employees out of our city facilities helps us limit potential exposure to essential staff, protecting their and the public’s health and working to ensure we can continue our core services.”

 

The Dahlonega Downtown Development Authority (DDA) recently notified city businesses that State of Georgia received its approved emergency declaration, making small businesses eligible to apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Business owners can learn more and apply at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/.

 

The DDA staff is also working to identify other resources available to business owners during this difficult time. To learn more and to contact the DDA, email staff@dahlonegadda.org.

 

Residents may find specific Coronavirus Information available on the following websites:

CDC – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention.html

Georgia Department of Public Health – https://dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus

District 2 Public Health Department – http://phdistrict2.org/

 

 

 

Deal Expands State of Emergency to Include ALL 159 Counties

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Acting on a recommendation from the state’s Emergency Operations Command and ahead of heavy rains, strong wind and potential flooding from Hurricane Irma, Gov. Nathan Deal today expanded the emergency declaration to include an additional 65 counties. The state of emergency now includes all 159 counties in Georgia. State government will be closed Monday and Tuesday for all employees except essential personnel.

Following a briefing from officials and visit with emergency responders, Deal will hold a media avail tonight at the State Operations Center at 6 p.m.

Follow this link to read the executive order.

For more information on hurricane preparedness, visit the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency website.

How Will President Donald Trump Pay for the Border Wall

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The media won’t be happy until they see a picture of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto presenting President Donald Trump with the BIG check. You know the Publishers Clearing House size check that has written in the memo area “Mexico payment for the wall”.

Congress has to pass a spending appropriations bill before the end of April to prevent a government shutdown. Trump is asking for money to start the famous wall. You know the one, Mexico will pay for.

Attorney General, Jeff Sessions along with Homeland Security Secretary, John Kelly stress we need to start construction of the southern border barrier now.

Sessions is determined to shut down America’s worst criminal gang MS-13. Kelly warns that the next major attack will come from terrorist groups like ISIS partnering up with Mexican drug cartels.  Both Kelly and Sessions sound the alarm on the enormous amounts of opiates, heroin and cocaine coming across the border. Just recently Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed a State of Emergency to deal with opiate addiction problem.

The media keeps asking how we are going to pay for the wall? We have paid for the wall. We have paid with the blood of our children butchered by illegal alien gangs like MS-13. We have paid with the lives of our children who are dying daily from drug addiction.  

Don’t accept your congressman asking how we are going to pay for the wall. Tell them they need to support the President and the wall is already bought and paid for!

 

Deal Issues State of Emergency Ahead of New Winter Storm

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January 21, 2016
Ahead of a second winter storm this week, Gov. Nathan Deal issued a new state of emergency for 21 counties beginning Thursday evening and lasting through Sunday, Jan. 24, at midnight. The emergency declaration extends to 21 counties under a winter storm warning issued by the National Weather Service. They include Banks, Catoosa, Dade, Dawson, Fannin, Franklin, Gilmer, Gordon, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Lumpkin, Murray, Pickens, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union, Walker, White and Whitfield Counties. Deal continues to monitor an additional 24 counties, including those in metro Atlanta, under a winter storm advisory.

“In order to prepare for the second round of storms, I’ve directed state agency heads to encourage employees to telecommute where appropriate,” Deal said. “Capitol Hill agencies and other state government offices will close at 12:00 p.m. on Friday to allow time for roads and bridges to be treated in advance of possible freezing rain and snow. I encourage municipal governments and private businesses in metro Atlanta and other affected areas to follow suit. I will continue to monitor those counties under a winter storm advisory and revise my executive order as needed.”

The National Weather Service has issued the advisory for Barrow, Bartow, Carroll, Chattooga, Cherokee, Clarke, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Elbert, Floyd, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Haralson, Jackson, Madison, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Paulding, Polk, Rockdale and Walton Counties.

GEMA/HS and Emergency Operations Command will continue coordinating response efforts between the Georgia Department of Transportation, the Department of Public Safety and the Department of Natural Resources.

Deal mobilizes state resources ahead of winter storm

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January 19, 2016

On Tuesday evening, Gov. Nathan Deal issued a state of emergency for 15 counties under a winter storm warning. These counties include Dade, Walker, Catoosa, Chatooga, Whitfield, Murray, Gordon, Fannin, Gilmer, Union, Towns, Pickens, Dawson, Lumpkin and White Counties.

“The winter storm is predicted to cause snow and ice accumulations on roads and bridges in affected areas, and the safety of our residents is my top priority” Deal said. “I’ve directed the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security (GEMA/HS) to coordinate with the Georgia Department of Transportation, the Department of Public Safety and the Department of Natural Resources to move assets to area where snow and ice are expected. GEMA/HS will work with local officials, including those school systems, to ensure resources are available as needed.”

Governor Deal Declares State of Emergency in North Georgia

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Following heavy rains, thunderstorms, and flooding Georgia Governor has declared a State of Emergency in three counties in north Georgia, Fannin,  Pickens,  and Gilmer Counties.

More severe weather is in the forecast for Christmas day.  Governor Deal has stated they will continue to monitor the situation.  Additional counties may be added.

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