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City of Grants Pass declares State of Emergency as a precaution

The City Council adopted a resolution declaring the state of emergency at a special meeting on Monday.

Posted: Mar 23, 2020 3:49 PM
Updated: Mar 23, 2020 4:00 PM

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The City of Grants Pass has declared a state of emergency as a "precautionary measure" during the coronavirus pandemic, city officials announced on Monday.

The Grants Pass City Council adopted a resolution declaring a state of emergency at their special city council meeting Monday, March 23. The resolution is a “precautionary measure to provide the city with increased flexibility in terms of resources, purchasing, and emergency response options,” according to City Manager Aaron Cubic.

Cubic said that the resolution is not a declaration of a public health emergency, as that is not the city’s role, but rather an action to “enable the city and staff to be in the best position to serve the community where needed most.”

The City of Medford, Jackson County, and Josephine County all declared separate states of emergency last week for similar reasons.

“All essential city services will continue uninterrupted. We don’t see any change in that,” said Cubic.

Following the spirit of Governor Brown's newly issued executive order, public walk-ins to all city offices has been temporarily suspended. The city's main Public Safety Station will stay operating, and Community Development Department services will be available by appointment only.

Meanwhile, city parks and trails will remain open to the public so that anyone can have the “opportunity to enjoy open space and trail systems,” Cubic said. However, park facilities such as restrooms, play structures, ball fields, athletic courts, and rental facilities will be closed.

City council meetings will be held less frequently and only for pressing business, and the City said that social distancing parameters would be followed at all necessary meetings.

The Grants Pass Urban Area Planning Commission and Historical Buildings and Sites Commission will still meet occasionally to process any required land use applications. Members will be encouraged to attend meetings online or by telephone when possible.

“Our team mentality will prevail through these extraordinary times and this same team approach will allow us to recover together,” said Cubic.

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