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AN EMERGENCY ORDINANCE CONCERNING THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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EDIT: The remote emergency meeting called for on 04.14.2020 has been postponed to accommodate a work schedule. It has been moved back to Wednesday, April 15th, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

 

Osceola, Ark.  |  04.13.2020
Special Council Meeting to Consider Curfew

Osceola Mayor Sally Wilson has called for a special meeting of the city council for discussion and consideration of "AN EMERGENCY ORDINANCE CONCERNING THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY". If adopted by the council, the emergency ordinance would establish a temporary, city-wide curfew.

At the advisement of the Arkansas Municipal League, this special meeting will be held remotely on April 14th, 2020 at 5:30 pm utilizing the ZOOM video conferencing technology. For more information or to set-up an account, please visit, Video Conferencing, Web Conferencing, Webinars, Screen Sharing.

The proposed ordinance text for full council consideration follows:



ORDINANCE NO. ___________

AN EMERGENCY ORDINANCE CONCERNING THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY

 

            WHEREAS, the Federal Government has declared a state of emergency based on the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) becoming a pandemic event; and

WHEREAS, on March 11, 2020, Asa Hutchinson, Governor of the State of Arkansas, declared a statewide state of emergency in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19); and

WHEREAS, the World Health Organization has declared the Coronavirus (COVID-19) to be a worldwide pandemic; and

WHEREAS, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been confirmed to exist in _____________ County, Arkansas; and

 

WHEREAS, the [City/Town] of _______________ confirms that protecting the public health is the Council’s top priority; and

WHEREAS, the Council is empowered under Arkansas law to do all acts and make all regulations which may be necessary or expedient for the promotion of the safety, health and welfare of the community; and

WHEREAS, the Council, on advice of its local Office of Emergency Management, determines to take action in this emergency circumstance on a continuing basis to address the COVID-19 impacts on our City and community and to further declare a state of emergency in ____________, Arkansas; and

WHEREAS, COVID-19 poses a serious public health risk to our City stemming from it being a novel respiratory disease, impacting our City services, impacting utility department services, impacting our schools, impacting our businesses and impacting our manufacturing and industrial sector; and

WHEREAS, the Council further finds and determines that the adoption of this Ordinance is proper under applicable law.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED by the City Council (the “Council”) of the [City/Town] of ____________, Arkansas (the “City”) as follows:

            Section 1.        Title. This Ordinance shall be known and may be cited as the “City of ____________ Emergency Coronavirus (COVID-19) Ordinance”.

Section 2.  Curfew.  A curfew is hereby imposed upon the City from [Ten O’Clock p.m. until 5 O’Clock a.m.], during which it shall be unlawful for any person subject to the curfew to be present or travel upon any public street, public alley, public roadway or public property. 

Section 3.  Exclusions.  The curfew does not apply to the following persons and conduct:

1.     A person traveling to and from:

a.      work, whether commercial or noncommercial;

b.     businesses, both for and not-for profit;

c.      government agencies; and

d.     any location to receive medical care, food, or any other essential goods and services. 

2.     A person traveling as the result of, or in response to, an emergency.

3.     A person walking their pets.

4.     A person acquiring exercise outdoors while maintaining social distance of at least six (6) feet. 

Section 4.        Penalties. Any violation of this ordinance is punishable by a fine of not less than one hundred dollars ($100) nor more than five hundred dollars ($500) or by imprisonment not exceeding one (1) month, or both.

Section 5.        Police Power Finding. The Council hereby finds, determines and declares that this ordinance is necessary and proper to provide for the safety, preserve the health, promote the prosperity and to improve the order, comfort and convenience of the City of ____________ and the inhabitants thereof. 

Section 6.        Emergency Declaration.  The Council hereby finds, determines and declares that an emergency exists, and that this Ordinance is necessary for the immediate preservation of public property, health, peace or safety for the reasons enumerated in the introductory paragraphs of this Ordinance which are incorporated in this Section by reference. The Council hereby determines that the adoption of this Ordinance as an emergency ordinance is in the best interest of the citizens of the City of ____________.  

Section 7.        Effective Date and Duration.  This ordinance shall become effective and enforced immediately upon its adoption and publication as required by law, and shall expire upon declaration by the Mayor that the emergency status has ended or thirty (30) days whichever is earliest.

 

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A letter from OFD Chief Peter Hill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 04.03.2020
Osceola, Ark.


A letter from the Chief:

As of April 1, 2020, I started my new position as Fire Chief for the City of Osceola. I am very humbled and thankful for the opportunity to lead this great department in its future endeavors. None of this would be possible without the help and support of all the members of the OFD. We have a very talented and close-knit group of hardworking firefighters, who I believe can accomplish any task thrown their way.

PeterHillAs with any new transition, other promotions are also made.

I would like to recognize the following firefighters:

Jason Garey has been promoted to Asst. Chief. I am looking forward to working alongside Jason on all fire department matters, including his diligent work on acquiring grants for the city and the OFD. Jason will run the "C" shift.

Ray Williams, our longest-serving firefighter, is Captain of the "B" shift. Ray will also be our " go-to guy" for all administrative functions of the OFD.

Bud Gore has moved up the Captain of the "A" shift and has also taken over the duties as the Training Officer. Bud has really excelled at building and promoting our Rope and Technical Rescue capabilities here at the OFD.

To all the other officers, drivers, and firefighters with the OFD, I thank you again for all your hard work and support and look forward to accomplishing all our goals. Our mission together should be to make all those who came before us proud of how their department is progressing, and continue t strive to provide the best services possible to the citizens of this great City.

Thank you,

Peter Hill

COVID-19 Update and Osceola Response

On behalf of the City of Osceola, I want to thank all of you for your diligence in conforming to the regulations and recommendations regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. On a good note, I spoke to our local health officials this morning and I am happy to report that Osceola does NOT have a single confirmed case of the Coronavirus.

Our local physicians ask that you call them if you have the following symptoms; 1) shortness of breath and 2) fever above 100.2 degrees. 

Please keep up your healthy efforts, continue to support each other and show patience.  And please continue praying for our communities and our health providers.  United, we will get through this.

Below I have added links to the CDC, Center for Disease Control.  Please refer to these experts for the best and most current information and precautions. 

Sincerely, Mayor Wilson

 

COVID-19 update and Osceola response.   

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/cases-in-us.html#reporting-cases

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html

 

Osceola Municipal Light and Power - Municipal Online Services

Council Meeting Postponed

2019 sealCitizens of Osceola,

Working under the advice of our City Attorney Catherine Dean, I am postponing the regular monthly Osceola City Council meeting that is scheduled for tonight/Monday night in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  I am consulting with local physicians, Catherine Dean and the Arkansas Municipal League. I hope to have our regular March meeting rescheduled for a day later in March in a venue that is accessibly allowable and appropriate. 

Please help to get the word out. 

Sincerely,

Mayor Sally Wilson

COVID-19: PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES & INFORMATION

2019 sealEFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

OSCEOLA CITY HALL

Due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the following procedures are now in effect for City Hall:

  • No one under the age of 18 is PERMITTED in the building. If you have children with you MUST use the drive-thru
  • Only 1 person paying the bill or requesting the account information will be allowed in the building.
  • All payment arrangements are to be done by phone. (870) 563-5245 and ask for Stacey Travis.
  • If you are already sick or showing signs of illness please use the drive-thru

We regret the temporary inconvenience this may cause you. We thank you for your patience and understanding

 

OSCEOLA PARKS & RECREATION FACILITIES

The following City of Osceola municipal properties will be closed beginning Monday, March 16th:

  • The Osceola Community Center
  • Rosenwald Community Center
  • The Osceola Sports Complex
  • Florida Park
  • Rosenwald Park
  • Irma Belcher Park

This decision will be evaluated on a day by day basis. These closures may be shortened or extended as needed.

If you have any questions related to the above noted recreational properties/facilities, please feel free to contact the Osceola Community Center at 870-563-2462.

 

(FROM) OSCEOLA SCHOOL DISTRICT

Osceola Schools will be closed Monday, March 16, 2020, until March 29, 2020, due to precautionary/preventive measures surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak. Classes will resume Monday, March 30, 2020.

Meals will be provided for our students at Carroll Smith Elementary from 10:30 am-1:30 pm this week. For those that can’t make it to CSE: meals will be available for pick-up at the following locations:

Updated 03.16.2020 8:25 a.m.
Student Breakfast and Lunch will be provided each day 10:30-1:30 March 16th-March 20th at:

  • Rosenwald Center (front door)
  • CSE, (cafeteria door)
  • STEM (bus circle)