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Assembly meeting participation suspended under 3rd health mandate

 

Incident Commander Karl Hagerman signed public health mandate #3 Friday afternoon to temporarily suspend in-person participation during borough assembly meetings or any other public meeting of a borough board and commission effective immediately.

“Due to the ongoing public health emergency caused by the COVID-19 crisis, it is in the best interest of public safety and health that public gatherings be avoided,” wrote Hagerman in the health mandate.

Hagerman notes in the mandate that the conditions of the borough’s third public health mandate are designed to provide the least necessary restrictions.

The mandate also takes steps to protect the public’s right to participate in meetings. The borough will be using telephonic means for public participation, according to the mandate. To provide a comment to an assembly meeting, residents can call 1-800-954-0633 about 10 minutes before the start of a meeting. Residents can also submit comments to assembly members through email to assembly@petersburgak.gov.

On March 26, Hagerman signed public health mandate #2, which cancels certain borough boards and commission meetings through April 30. The day before, on March 25, the borough assembly approved public health mandate #1 to order the community to shelter in place amid the increasing number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state.

Public health mandate #3 will be in effect until May 18, but it can be terminated earlier or extended to a later date.

To read public health mandate #3, visit:

https://www.ci.petersburg.ak.us/vertical/sites/%7B6795A51C-8710-4546-B2D2-2A07534E232B%7D/uploads/PB_Public_Health_Mandate_03(1).pdf

 

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