County and City enact declarations of local emergency

Commissioners David Stevens, Bill Watson, Kelly McClellan and Kate Karwacki met in the parking lot the county’s annex building at noon on Friday to enact a declaration of emergency.

Mayor Hugh Hodge signs the declaration of local emergency for Darien

County and City Declare Local

Emergency Declaration

No orders of curfews, store or restaurant closings at this time

At noon on Friday, March 20, McIntosh County Commissioners Chairman David Stevens, Kate Karwacki, Kelly McClellan and Bill Watson met in a special called meeting under the oak tree in the back parking lot of the County Annex to enact a Declaration of Local Emergency, due to COVID-19 pandemic.

County Manager Patrick Zoucks explained the declaration enacts the emergency operation plan and activates the emergency management ordinance. “That way, if we need to purchase some items that aren’t budgeted, we can do that without the commission’s approval. It also gives the chairman the ability to impose a curfew if needed. It basically gets us ready, so we don’t have to have meetings like this to get the commission’s’ approval.”

Stevens added that he anticipates that any actions that may be taken by the county will be under the direction of the Governor of Georgia and the Coastal Health District.

Immediately following that meeting, Darien Mayor Hugh Hodge signed a Declaration of Local Emergency at City Hall.

City Manager Richy Braun explained, “In the event we need to be a little more flexible, this gives us the opportunity to do that. It does not affect life on a daily basis at all.”

Mayor Hodge said, “If we have to purchase un-itemized items, we can to that without having to call the council to meet. At this time, we are not enforcing any curfews. We will follow with the county’s, and let the Governor and the Coastal Health District direct. We are not telling anyone they have to shut their stores down right now. We are erring on the cautious side and I am hoping and praying the Good Lord is with us. We don’t have any cases, but it is popping up around us. We have to safeguard.

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