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File #: 20-0901    Name:
Type: Ordinance Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 5/28/2020 In control: City Council Legislative Meeting
On agenda: 6/9/2020 Final action:
Title: Introduction and First Reading. Consideration. Passage on First Reading of an Amended Ordinance to Ensure the Continuity of City Government, Implementing Emergency Procedures, Modifying Public Meeting Requirements and Public Practices and Procedures in Order to Address Continuity of Operations Associated with the COVID-19 Pandemic Disaster. [ROLL-CALL VOTE]
Attachments: 1. 20-901_Cover sheet for ordinance, 2. 20-901_Ordinance, 3. 20-0901_Attorney General Opinion
City of Alexandria, Virginia
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MEMORANDUM


DATE: JUNE 4, 2020

TO: THE HONORABLE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF CITY COUNCIL

FROM: MARK B. JINKS, CITY MANAGER /s/
JOANNA ANDERSON, CITY ATTORNEY /s/

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Introduction and First Reading. Consideration. Passage on First Reading of an Amended Ordinance to Ensure the Continuity of City Government, Implementing Emergency Procedures, Modifying Public Meeting Requirements and Public Practices and Procedures in Order to Address Continuity of Operations Associated with the COVID-19 Pandemic Disaster. [ROLL-CALL VOTE]
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ISSUE: Consideration of an amendment to the continuity of government ordinance implementing procedures and processes for public meetings and other public procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic disaster to update the background information and expiration date for the ordinance.

RECOMMENDATION: That City Council introduce the ordinance, pass the ordinance on first reading, and hold a public hearing on the ordinance on June 20, 2020, and after public hearing, adopt the ordinance on June 20, 2020.

DISCUSSION: On March 24, 2020, the City Council adopted an emergency ordinance for the continuity of government and on April 18, 2020, since the emergency still existed, the City Council adopted a regular ordinance for the continuity of government. The proposed amendment will leave the April 18, 2020 ordinance intact but will extend the expiration date to six (6) months from the termination of State of the Local Emergency as allowed by Section 15.2-1413 of the Virginia Code. The previous ordinance expires at the termination of the Declaration of Local Emergency. It is possible that the provisions of this ordinance will be needed after the declaration has expired in order to give time for certain procedures to wind down or transition back to more traditional approaches. The state code allows such ordinances to ex...

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