A RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF BUTTS COUNTY DECLARING A LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY; TO ENACT PROVISIONS OF THE OFFICIAL CODE OF BUTTS COUNTY APPLICABLE TO A LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY; TO AUTHORIZE THE CHAIRMAN TO SIGN THE RESOLUTION ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS; TO AUTHORIZE THE CLERK OF THE 122nd SESSION OF BUTTS COUNTY TO ATTEST ALL DOCUMENTS; AND FOR OTHER RELATED AND LAWFUL PURPOSES.

WHEREAS, Butts County is a duly created and validly existing political subdivision of the State of Georgia under the Constitution and laws of the state of Georgia, and;

WHEREAS, the Butts County Board of Commissioners is the governing authority of the County, elected by the qualified electors of Butts County and vested with fiscal and legislative responsibilities necessary to the managing of the affairs of the County government, and;

WHEREAS, in late 2019, a new and significant outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel coronavirus emerged in Wuhan, China, and the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus, known as “COVID-19” is an infectious virus that can spread from person-to-person and can result in serious illness or death, and;

WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, President Donald Trump declared the outbreak of COVID-19 a national emergency, followed by Georgia Governor Brian Kemp who declared an unprecedented public health emergency in the State of Georgia due to the effects of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, and;

WHEREAS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has noted that COVID-19 is proliferating via “community spread,” meaning people have contracted the virus in areas of Georgia as a result of direct or indirect contact with infected persons, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected, and;

WHEREAS, on March 16, 2020, laboratory testing had confirmed more than one hundred twenty cases of COVID-19 in Georgia, and;

WHEREAS, the County Governing Authority made the unprecedented decision to close public access to most County government buildings and in certain cases, to close non-critical services and shutter community programs in an effort to slow the potential spread of the virus and to protect public employees from possibly interacting with potentially infected citizens and visitors to government buildings, now, therefore be it:

RESOLVED, the Commission hereby declares that the foregoing preamble and whereas provisions set forth hereinabove constitute, and shall be considered to be, substantive provisions of this Resolution and are hereby incorporated by reference into this provision, and it is, therefore, so:

ORDERED: That all resources of Butts County, and the State of Georgia be made available to assist in activities designed to address this emergency, control the spread of COVID-19, and aid recovery efforts, and it is further so:

ORDERED: That the Butts County Office of Homeland Security, shall activate the Butts County Emergency Operations Plan in response to this emergency, and that the following sections of the Butts County Code of Ordinances be implemented, to wit:

1). 2008-05-02 Registration of Building and Repair Services During a State of Emergency.

2). 2008-05-03 Prohibition Against Overcharging for Goods, Materials, Services, and Housing

3). 2008-05-05 Suspension of Portions of the Code of Ordinances and Other Formalities During a State of Emergency

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Resolution and all provisions herein, shall be in full force and effect immediately upon its signature by the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners under his authority to sign resolutions declaring a State of Emergency and that any and all resolutions or parts of resolutions, in conflict with this Resolution shall be, and to the extent of such conflict are, hereby repealed, and;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Declaration of Local Emergency shall terminate at 11:59 PM on April 4, 2020 unless further extended by a supplemental resolution, and;

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the Board authorizes the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners to sign this Resolution on their behalf and further authorizes the Clerk of Butts County to attest all signatures and to file this this Resolution in the Book of Resolutions, Volume 1, and as such, it is hereby:

ADOPTED this 18th Day of March, 2020 under authority of the Emergency Management Act of Butts County and will be ratified at a future meeting of the Board of Commissioners

/s/ Ken Rivers, Chairman of the Board

/s/ J. Michael Brewer
Clerk of the 122nd Session