MC mayor declares state of emergency

Star Staff
Thursday, March 26, 2020

Miles City Mayor John Hollowell has declared a state of emergency.

The declaration is for FEMA funds. Those funds would support staffing, equipment which would allow municipal operations to continue, said a press release.

According to the press release, this is not declaring an outbreak or concerns for the state of the community.

The declaration is below:

Declaration of State of Emergency

Whereas, an epidemic of the Coronavirus Disease, COVID-19, has occurred across the United States:

Whereas, the World Health Organization has declared COVID-19 a global pandemic that is controllable via precautionary measures to stop the spread of the disease;

Whereas, the City faces an imminent threat to life and public health from COVID-19;

Whereas, the City will commit all available resources, and will take all possible action to combat and to alleviate the situation, local resources may not be adequate to cope with the situation, and

Whereas, it appears to be in the best interests of the citizens of the City of Miles City that a state of local disaster emergency be declared.


Section 1. A state of local disaster emergency pursuant to Section 10-3-402 of the MCA.

Section 2. This declaration of a state of local disaster emergency shall activate the response and recovery aspects of any and all local disaster emergency plans including the Custer County Emergency Operations Plan to which the City follows, to the degree as is applicable.

Section 3. The City Health Officer has the authority pursuant to Section 10-3-406, MCA, to prevent ingress or egress to all or part of the City; to direct law enforcement to enforce quarantines and curfews in all or parts of the City.

Section 4. The authority of the Mayor pursuant to 2-106, City Code of Ordinances, to administer affairs of the City Government.

Section 5. Regular meeting of the Miles City Council, as required by 2-52, of the City Code of Ordinances, will be held, following all open meeting laws dictated by MCA with the inclusion of emergency protocols that a State of Emergency may allow.

Section 6. Meetings of boards/committees that are legally required to take action prior to final city action shall continue to meet for those legally required actions. Meeting of advisory boards/committees that perform valuable advisory functions, but are not legally required to act before final city action are optional dependent upon need.

Section 7. Copies of this Declaration will be filed with the County Clerk and Recorder, the City Clerk, and the Montana Disaster and Emergency Services Division in Helena.

Section 8. The public shall be notified of this Declaration as soon as reasonable feasible through general dissemination to the news media, posting on City website, and City social media accounts, or using other means of communication appropriate for informing the general public.