Press Release-Hubbard County Board Chair Issues Local Emergency Declaration

Press Release / For Immediate Release

 Hubbard County Board Chair Issues Local Emergency Declaration

Hubbard County Board Chair, Charlene Christenson, issued a Declaration of Local Emergency effective March 23rd, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  By law, County Board Chairs can declare a local emergency for up to three days, at which time a majority of the full County Board must agree to extend such local emergency or allow it to expire.  Extending the emergency declaration will be considered at a Special Board Meeting to be held Thursday, March 26th, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. at the Hubbard County Government Center, Room 324, Park Rapids, MN.

A declaration of a local emergency invokes necessary provisions of the county’s emergency response and recovery plan to authorize aid and assistance under those plans.   This allows the County to act quickly without the time-consuming procedures and formalities prescribed by law pertaining to:  the performance of public work, entering into contracts, incurring of obligations, employment of temporary workers, rental of equipment, purchase of supplies and materials, and the appropriation and expenditure of public funds to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of Hubbard County.

The declaration also provides authority for the County Board to limit the size of public gatherings at County Board meetings in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in such circumstances.  This same limitation is also being extended to the County’s Planning Commission/Board of Adjustment (PC/BOA) as well as the County Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA).  It also allows for meetings of these two bodies to happen via telephone conferencing or other electronic means, should that become necessary.

The full Hubbard County Declaration of Local Emergency is below: