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Town of Centreville....A Great Place to Live!
CENTREVILLE BOARD MEETING
To the residents of the Town of Centreville.
You are invited to a scheduled Town Hall Board meeting conducted telephonically.
Time April 7, 2020, at 6:00 pm
First dial one of the numbers listed below, once connected you will be asked to enter your meeting ID number which is 659 868 747.
Numbers to be connected to the Centreville Board Meeting:
The agenda for the meeting will be on the Town web page: townofcentrevillems.org and at the Post Office
Centreville Town Clerk
Town of Centreville
Board of Aldermen
Regular Board Meeting Agenda
6pm @ Town Hall
Tueaday, April 7, 2020
Call meeting to order
Motion to approve
Ward 1 - Felicia Williams
Ward 2 - Thomas Lobrano
Ward 3 - John Moore
Ward 4 - Audrey Boykin
Alderman at Large - David Walker
Minute from March Meeting
Motion to approve
Hilton Jones - Water Bill
LaShonda Grayson - Grass Cutting/Limb pickup
Pam White - Limbs
Jason Horne - Water bill
Sherike Young, and James Young - Discrimination by Board Member
Motion to approve
Motion to approve
EXECUTIVE ORDER FOR CERTAIN BUSINESS CLOSURES UNDER LOCAL EMERGENCY
WHEREAS, on March 14, 2020, the Governor of the State of Mississippi declared a State of Emergency to exist in the State of Mississippi with respect to the worldwide outbreak of the novel coronavirus, identified as COVID-19, and did thereafter also issue multiple Executive Orders; and
WHEREAS, on the March 17, 2020, in furtherance of the March 14, 2020, declaration of the Governor of the State of Mississippi and all Executive Orders issued by him subsequent thereto, I David C. Owens, Mayor of the Town of Centreville, Mississippi did declare and proclaim a local emergency to exist in the Town of Centreville, Mississippi, for the reasons set forth therein, which Proclamation contained a finding that the risk of spread of COVID-19 constituted a public and local emergency in the Town of Centreville, Mississippi, and accordingly that, subject to an order from the Governor, be implemented as necessary; and
WHEREAS, said conditions caused by the spread of COVID-19 are likely to be beyond the control of the services, personnel, equipment, and facilities of the Town and may require the combined forces of other subdivisions of the State to combat; and
WHEREAS, pursuant to my March 17, 2020, Emergency Proclamation, all provisions provided by Miss. Coe. Ann. 33-15-1 the "Mississippi Emergency Management Law," became available to the Mayor and the Town to ensure the protection of the life, safety, and health of the residents of the Town of Centreville; and
WHEREAS, I did therein proclaim that during the local emergency, the governing body of the Town of Centerville, Mississippi may promulgate orders and regulations necessary to provide for the protection of life and property, including orders and regulations imposing a curfew within the designated boundaries where necessary to preserve the public order and safety, which orders and regulations and amendments and rescissions thereof are be in writing and which shall be given widespread notice and publicity;
IT IS NOW THEREFORE ORDERED that the certain types of non-essential businesses should be and are hereby ordered to close and cease operations until April 30, 2020, and that other businesses should be encouraged to follow closely certain national health guidelines. Therefore, in order to preserve the public order and protect the life, safety, and health of the residents of the Town of Centreville, I hereby order that the following restrictions and recommendations on Centreville businesses be put in place beginning April 3, 2020, at 12:01 am and continuing through and until April 30, 2020, at 11:59 pm:
1. All hair salons should follow the recommendations of the MS State Board
of Cosmetology (www.msbec.ms.gov/response-to-covid-19/)
2. All restaurants may only provide take-out, pick-up, delivery, or drive-thru
and shall close all indoor and outdoor dine-in seating areas for the
public during the effective period of the Order.
3. All essential businesses, as defined by the Governor's March 24
Executive Order No. 1463 are encouraged to follow the national health
guidelines promulgated by the Centers for Disease Control and
This action is necessary under the ongoing local emergency for protection of the life, safety, and health of the residents of the Town of Centreville, and to preserve the public order. This Order shall be subject to any Executive Order issued by the Governor of Mississippi which remains in place and effective, is in accordance with the policies and plans set by the federal and state emergency management agencies, and shall be given widespread notice and publicity.
IT IS FINALLY ORDERED that this Proclamation of Civil Emergency is effective immediately and shall remain in effect through April 30, 2020, or until rescinded or superseded by another applicable Proclamation.
WITNESS MY HAND, on this 2nd day of April 2020.
DAVID C. OWENS, MAYOR
TOWN OF CENTREVILLE, MISSISSIPPI
Statement on Compliance with the Open Meeting Act during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
The Ethics Commission reminds members of all state and local public bodies to strictly follow all orders, directives, and recommendations from all federal, state and local authorities, the State Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other public health officials during this public health crisis.
The Ethics Commission also encourages public bodies to comply with the Open Meetings Act as best they can under these extraordinary circumstances. Public bodies should take all measures within their means to ensure transparency in public affairs while doing everything possible to protect public health.
Such measures could include meetings by teleconference or video means, but the equipment used should be located in a public meeting place and should "allow all members of the public body and members of the public who attend the meeting to hear the deliberations of the public body." Section 25-41-5(2).
The Ethics Commission encourages public bodies to record the open portion of their meetings and to make those recordings available to the public. This practice complies with the spirit of the Open Meetings Act by ensuring the public has access to public meetings, even when the public is unable to attend. Additionally, the meeting agenda must be "made available to the public at the time of the meeting." Section 25-41-5(3).
The next Town of Centreville Board Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 7, 2020, at 6:00 PM. Information for ensuring that the public have access to the meeting will be issued late this week.
Deputy Town Clerk
MAYORAL PROCLAMATION OF EXECUTIVE ORDER PROHIBITING GATHERINGS OF MORE THAN 10 PEOPLE, LIMITING THE GATHERING OF 10 OR FEWER, CLOSING BARS, AND LIMITING ACCESS TO RESTAURANTS IN THE TOWN OF CENTREVILLE, MISSISSIPPI.
WHEREAS, the Mayor of the Town of Centreville, Mississippi, pursuant to Section 45-17-3 of the Mississippi Code of 1972, as amended, has declared and issued a civil emergency proclamation in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19 spread): and
WHEREAS, the Mayor of the Town of Centreville, Mississippi, pursuant to Section 45-17-7, et seq., of the Mississippi Code of 1972, as amended, has the authority to issue such other orders as are necessary for the protection of life and property and in the interest of public safety and welfare, after the proclamation of a civil emergency: and
WHEREAS, COVID-19, a respiratory disease that can result in severe illness or death, is caused by the SARS-CoV-2, which is a new strain of Coronavirus that had not been previously identified in humans and can easily spread from person to person; and
WHEREAS, to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus and flatten the growth curve of cases, authorities, all over the globe, are taking extraordinary measures to prohibit and limit nonessential close personal contact; and
WHEREAS, on March 23, 2020, the Mississippi State Department of Health reported that there were two hundred forty-nine (249) cases of COVID-19 in the State of Mississippi; and
WHEREAS, the Mississippi State Department of Health has advised the citizens of the State of Mississippi to practice social distancing measures and avoid large gatherings; and
WHEREAS, on March 16, 2020, the President of the United States recommended avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people; and
WHEREAS, the Town of Centreville, Mississippi does not have the luxury of a wait-and-see approach to the Coronavirus pandemic; and
WHEREAS, extraordinary measures related to the spread of the Coronavirus are necessary and expedient for the health, safety, welfare and good order to protect the public peace and preserve lives.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, David C. Owens, Mayor of the Town of Centreville, Mississippi, pursuant to the authority vested in me by Section 45-17-7. et seq., of the Mississippi Code of 1972, as amended, and in the public interest and for the general welfare of the Town of Centreville, do hereby issue this Proclamation of Executive Order Prohibiting Gatherings of More Than 10 People and limiting Gatherings of 10 People or Fewer in the Town of Centreville.
It is Ordered that (1) all events of more than 10 people in the Town of Centreville are hereby prohibited, and (2) all events of 10 people or fewer in the Town of Centreville are limited, as provided herein.
a. An event is an organized, orchestrated or sponsored gathering that people are invited to attend or encouraged to attend through advertising. Further, an event is a gathering for business, social, or recreational activities including but not limited to, community, civic, public, leisure, or sporting events; parades; concerts; festivals; conventions; fundraisers, large private parties, celebrations or banquets; artistic performances, and spiritual and faith-based gatherings.
b. Retail establishments such as grocery stores, gas stations, pharmacies, and banks are not events. Medical facilities, office environments, factories, schools, universities, and Town-owned or leased buildings where essential functions and services are being carried out are not events.
c. Organizers of events of 10 people or fewer must ensure that;
- Older adults and individuals with underlying medical conditions that are at increased risk of serious COVID-19 are encouraged not to attend.
- Social distancing recommendations, as prescribed by the Mississippi State Department of Health, must be met.
- Proper hand hygiene and sanitation must be readily available to all attendees and individuals involved.
- Environmental cleaning guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are followed.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that all restaurants located in the Town of Centreville, may only provide take-out, pick-up, delivery, or drive-through services as allowed by law. There shall be no in-house dining or available sitting areas for the public.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that all bars, nightclubs, lounges, taverns, and private clubs located in the Town of Centreville shall close, except to the extent that such establishments may only provide take-out, pick-up, delivery, or drive-through services for food as allowed by law.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that only to the extent allowed by state and federal law and the United States Constitution, this Proclamation of Executive Order prohibiting and limiting events is applicable to spiritual and faith-based gatherings.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that this Proclamation shall be (1) promptly filed with the Town Clerk; (2) distributed to the news media, other organizations and posted in locations calculated to bring its contents to the attention of the general public; and (3) distributed to others as necessary to ensure proper implementation of this Proclamation of Executive Order.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that violations of this Proclamation of Executive Order may be subject to misdemeanor prosecution pursuant to Section 45-17-9 of the Mississippi Code of 1972, as amended and Town of Centreville Code of Ordinances.
IT IS FINALLY ORDERED that this proclamation of Executive Order is effective Monday, March 23, 2020, at 11;59 pm, and shall remain in effect through April 7, 2020, or until rescinded or superseded by another applicable Proclamation of Executive Order. A Proclamation of Executive Order rescinding the corresponding Proclamation of Civil Emergency will automatically rescind this Proclamation of Executive Order.
WITNESS MY HAND, this the 23rd-day of March 2020.
DAVID C. OWEN, MAYOR
TOWN OF CENTREVILLE, MISSISSIPPI
EMERGENCY UPDATE FOR THE
TOWN OF CENTREVILLE, MS
On January 31, 2020, the United States Department of Health and Human Services declared a public health emergency for COVID-19.
On March 11, 2020, the President of the United States limited extraordinary travel.
On March 13, 2020, the President of the United States declared that COVID-19 outbreak in the United States constitutes a national emergency beginning March 13, 2020.
On March 17, 2020, the Mississippi State Department of Health reported that there were 21 positive cases in the State of Mississippi.
On March 17, 2020, Mayor David Owens declared a civil emergency for the Town of Centreville. The civil emergency was effective immediately and shall remain in effect through April 7, 2020, or until suspended.
As of today, March 21, 2020, there are 140 confirmed cases in the State of Mississippi, 1 reported death and 1 confirmed case in Wilkinson County, MS.
As Emergency Manager for the Town of Centreville, we strongly encourage you to stay home during this time unless it is an emergency. We ask that all business owners adhere to the warnings that have been given by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
1. Clean your hands often.
2. Don't touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
3. Keep 6 feet away from others when possible.
4. Cover coughs and sneezes with your elbow.
5. Please avoid social gatherings or any gathering of more than 10 people.
At this crucial time, we encourage the people of the Town of Centreville to please stay home unless it an emergency.
Emergency Manager Town of Centreville
In the Town of Centreville, we are defined less by boundaries on a map than by the sense of shared values our residents hold dear. Small town values, guided growth, preservation of historical, cultural, and natural heritage are just a few of the core principles that make the Town of Centreville a wonderful place to call home.