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March 22, 2020 6:30 pm

The Bourbon County Commissioners met via telephone for a special meeting at the Emergency Preparedness Department located at 221 S. Judson, Fort Scott, KS 66701. Present for the meeting via telephone were the Commissioners and Kendell Mason. Shane Walker, William Wallis and Justin Meeks were present at 221 S. Judson.

Lynne made a motion to open the special meeting, Jeff seconded and all approved.

Lynne made a motion to go into a 10 minute executive session for matters relating to the security of a public body or agency, public building or facility or the information system of a public body or agency, if the discussion of such matters at an open meeting would jeopardize the security of such public body, agency, building, facility or information system, Jeff seconded and all approved, (the session included the Commissioners, Shane Walker, William Wallis, Bill Martin, Justin Meeks and Kendell Mason). After the session, Rebecca Johnson with the SEK Multi County Health Department joined the meeting.

William Wallis read the following:

COVID 19 PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, on the 22nd day of March, 2020, the Board of County Commissioners of Bourbon County, Kansas declared there was a state of local public health emergency in Bourbon County, Kansas resulting in potential or occurring Pandemic known as COVID 19, in Bourbon County, Kansas; and

WHEREAS, such conditions endanger the public health, safety and welfare of persons within the borders of Bourbon County, Kansas.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by the Board of County Commissioners of Bourbon County, Kansas:

That the state of local public health emergency in Bourbon County, Kansas declared on the 22nd day of March, 2020, shall continue and remain in effect until 60 days unless terminated earlier.

That the response and recovery aspects of all local disaster plans which are applicable to Bourbon County, Kansas and shall initiate the rendering of aid and assistance there under.

That any rights or powers lawfully exercised or any actions taken pursuant to local disaster emergency plans shall continue and have full force and effect as authorized by law for 60 days unless modified or terminated in the manner prescribed by law.

RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSISONERS OF BOURBON COUNTY, KANSAS THIS 22nd, DAY OF March, 2020. Lynne made a motion to approve the COVID 19 Public Health Emergency Resolution, Nick seconded and all approved. Lynne made a motion to give William Wallis (by Proxy) the authority to sign all of the names on the document, Nick seconded and all approved.

Lynne made a motion to add to the 3/23/2020 agenda a 30 minute executive session for non-elected personnel to protect their privacy, Jeff seconded and all approved.

Lynne made a motion that the 3/23/2020 meeting be attended via phone by all, Jeff seconded and all approved. Lynne made a motion that none of the public attend the meeting, the meeting will be posted live on Facebook, Nick seconded and all approved.

Justin stated that at this time the Health Department is in charge of making any declarations.

At 7:00 pm, Lynne made a motion to adjourn, Nick seconded and all approved.

THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
OF BOURBON COUNTY, KANSAS
(ss) Lynne Oharah, Chairman
(ss) Jeff Fischer, Commissioner
(ss) Nick Ruhl, Commissioner
ATTEST:
Kendell Mason, Bourbon County Clerk
April 14, 2020, Approved Date