Town of Loomis Issues Local Emergency Declaration
This afternoon, in accordance with Chapter 6.04 of the Loomis Municipal Code, I declared a local emergency for the Town, acting as the Town’s Director of Emergency Services. You can find that declaration here: https://loomis.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/03.17.20-Loomis-Proclamation-of-Local-Emergency-for-COVID-19.pdf This action is consistent with the majority of cities in the region.This declaration is in response to the ongoing and rapidly-changing COVID-19 pandemic. It provides enhanced powers to me in order to protect the public health and to ensure the continuity of government. I have pasted the general authorities allowed in Chapter 6.04 of the Municipal Code below.
- To make and issue rules and regulations on matters reasonably related to the protection of life and property as affected by such emergency; provided, however, such rules and regulations must be confirmed at the earliest practicable time by the town council,
- To obtain vital supplies, equipment and such other properties found lacking and needed for the protection of life and property and to bind the town for the fair value thereof and, if required immediately, to commandeer the same for public use,
- To require emergency services of any town officer or employee and, in the event of the proclamation of a “state of emergency” in the county in which this town is located or the existence of a “state of war emergency,” to command the aid of as many citizens of this community as deemed necessary in the execution of his/her duties; such persons shall be entitled to all privileges, benefits and immunities as are provided by state law for registered disaster services workers,
- To requisition necessary personnel or material of any town department or agency, and
- To execute all of the ordinary power of the town manager, all of the special powers conferred upon him/her by this chapter or by resolution or emergency plan pursuant hereto adopted by the town council, all powers conferred upon him/her by any statute, by any agreement approved by the town council and by any other lawful authority.
What does this mean to you as a resident of Loomis?
- The Town will no longer have counter service at Town Hall. As noted earlier, Town Hall is operating at a minimum staffing level, with just one person here at a time. That will continue through March 31, at the earliest. That staff member will continue to answer phones, but the doors to Town Hall will be locked.
- Building Department activities (inspections, plan checks) are on hold until March 31 at the earliest.
- The Loomis Library and Community Learning Center will remain closed through March 31, at the earliest.
I will continue to provide updates as soon as possible. This continues to be a very fluid situation. Finally, please be kind to one another. We will get through this as a Big Family. For more COVID-19 news, please watch the Placer County Health Department webpage at https://www.placer.ca.gov/6367/Novel-Coronavirus-COVID-19 or the California Department of Public Health at https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019.aspx.