Perry Mayor John Andorf issued a “proclamation of emergency and public danger” at Monday night’s Perry City Council meeting, which convened electronically via Zoom.
The proclamation basically echoes the public health disaster emergency proclaimed March 17 by Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds in requiring the suspension in operations of most businesses and organizations and limiting social gatherings to no more than 10 people.
Andorf said the proclamation was “part of an ongoing response of the city of Perry to protect public health and safety” and that violation of the proclamation “shall constitute a violation of the Perry Code of Ordinances and shall be punishable as a municipal infraction and/or misdemeanor as provided by the Iowa Code and the Perry Code of Ordinances.”
The text of the proclamation follows.
CITY OF PERRY EMERGENCY PROCLAMATION BY MAYOR
WHEREAS, one of the greatest responsibilities of any elected official is the protection of the electorate served and the protection of the greater public health and safety; and
WHEREAS, COVID-19 poses a serious and potentially deadly threat to the public and the public health as the Federal Center for Disease Control (“CDC”) has noted that serious illness occurs in 16% of cases with older people and people of all ages with severe chronic medical conditions, including heart disease, lung disease and diabetes seeming to be at a higher risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness and noting that the World Health Organization has determined COVID-19 to be a pandemic; and
WHEREAS, across the globe, the disease has been dramatically spread through contact by those with no known correlation to any affected areas or without contact with those known to be infected, called “community spread” and the Iowa Department of Public Health (“IDPH”) has now identified community spread in Dallas County and has issued new recommendations for individuals with underlying conditions, and all Iowans should be prepared for cancellations and disruptions in routine activities; and
WHEREAS, a high rate of infection has been shown to overwhelm medical systems throughout the world and numerous governmental entities and epidemiologists have stated that community spread in the United States poses the same risk of overwhelming American medical systems; and
WHEREAS, the Governor of the State of Iowa has issued a Proclamation of Disaster pursuant to state law that contains orders including the closure of some businesses and organizations including health clubs and senior centers, and closing restaurants and bars from food and beverage service other than carry out; and limit social, community, spiritual, religious, recreational, leisure and sporting gatherings to a limit of 10 people; and
WHEREAS, Iowa Code Section 372.14(2) and the Perry Code of Ordinances grant the Mayor power in emergency circumstances when public danger exists to take extraordinary steps to protect the public health and safety.
NOW, THEREFORE, IN CONSIDERATION OF THE FORGOING AND OTHER VALID EMERGENT CONCERNS, AS MAYOR OF THE CITY OF PERRY, PROCLAIM THE FOLLOWING:
I hereby determine that a state of emergency or public danger exists and direct that all gatherings of 10 people or more in city facilities are hereby cancelled and any permits or permissions previously granted are hereby rescinded and any amounts paid for such permits shall be refunded upon request.
i further determine and direct the Perry Police Department, to enforce such direction to avoid any such gatherings, whether formally or informally organized.
I further strongly suggest—consistent with the recommendations of the IDPH and the Governor’s Proclamation—that private gatherings of 10 or more people on private property should be avoided and appropriate adjustment for smaller gatherings with high risk groups should be made.
I further direct the Perry City Administrator to act on behalf of Perry citizens until directed differently by the Perry City Council. To that end, I authorize the City Administrator to exercise his administrative skill and determination to flex city policies concerning, but not limited to, procurement and expenditures, charges for fees and services, and human resources.
This Proclamation of emergency and public danger is part of an ongoing response of the City of Perry to protect public health and safety and may be modified or superseded with more restrictive proclamations at any time as circumstances warrant. Pursuant to the Perry Code of Ordinances, the public is advised that the violation of a mayoral proclamation of emergency or of any subsidiary proclamation thereto evidencing the exercise of emergency powers or of any rule or order issued pursuant thereto by the mayor or of any order issued pursuant thereto by any Perry Police Officer, or of any directive issued by designated Perry emergency services personnel pursuant thereto shall constitute a violation of the Perry Code of Ordinances and shall be punishable as a municipal infraction and/or misdemeanor as provided by the Iowa Code and the Perry Code of Ordinances.
PROCLAIMED THIS 19TH DAY OF MARCH, 2020 BY THE AUTHORITY VESTED IN ME BY THE CODE OF IOWA AND THE CITY OF PERRY CODE OF ORDINANCES:
John Andorf, Mayor of Perry
Andorf also proclaimed April 19-25 as National Crime Victims’ Rights Week in the city of Perry. Te week is intended “to inspire the community, raise awareness of victims’ rights and address unmet needs” of crime victims.