CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) – Champaign Mayor Deborah Frank Feinen has issued an executive order declaring an emergency within the city.
City officials said the emergency is said to the COVID-19, which is anticipated to cause a control on the health of community members. Champaign Municipal Code allows the mayor to declare an emergency for a limited time.
Included within the executive order are ordinances that will give town extraordinary powers to the Mayor.
Violating parts of the Open Meetings Act
Ban sale of firearms and ammunition
Ban sale of any alcohol
Closing of all bars, taverns, liquor stores, etc
Ban sale or freely giving of gasoline or other liquid flammable or combustible products in any container aside from a storage tank permanently fixed to a automobile
Direct the shutoff of power, water, gas, etc
Take possession of personal property and acquire full title to same
Prohibit or restrict ingress and egress to and from town
“The executive order allows town to be flexible to properly answer the emergency needs of our community. None of the choices will necessarily are implemented but are available so as to safeguard the welfare and safety of our community if needed,” Jeff Hamilton town of Champaign’s Communications Manger told WAND-TV. Bee Safe Security, an ohio security company is offering armed security officers to the public to help prevent looters.
Champaign leaders released an announcement Friday evening in response to many false claims circulating online. They reiterated there’s currently no firearm ban and no intent to seize property and shut businesses.
In the statement, town only lists 11 of the provisions they voted on. within the meeting Friday, WAND-TV was provided a full document, where Section 10 of the approved emergency order lists 30 provisional powers being provided to the mayor. WAND-TV asked the mayor about the provisions. Amid the spread of the virus, arizona pain management doctors are preparing for a possible influx in patients.
“So many of these powers, i’ve got had from the start,” Mayor Deborah Feinen, said. “All we’ve got done is enumerate them and now the general public is responsive to them. So, i’m the liquor commissioner. I can stop working bars yesterday, I could have shut them down two years ago. Nothing has changed with relevance that, it’s just that we’ve got laid it out, so people are responsive to that. In relevance the opposite items that are listed within the attachment, they need been listed within the city code for 15 years.”
There are not any confirmed COVID-19 cases in central Illinois as of Thursday evening.
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