Lapwai City Mayor Signs Declaration of Local Disaster Emergency

Lapwai City Mayor Signs Declaration of Local Disaster Emergency

Press Release | City of Lapwai

On Tuesday March 24, 2020, Mayor Antonio Smith signed a Declaration of Local Disaster Emergency for the City of Lapwai in response to the imminent threat of COVID-19 to City residents and visitors.

During this emergency, the City of Lapwai will work with local officials to protect the citizens and property in conjunction with state emergency plans and state emergency assistance. This Declaration allows the City more flexibility to expedite contracts and access critical supplies.

The City is taking immediate actions including conducting meetings by telephone consistent with the Open Meetings Act, suspending public usage of City facilities, creating barriers to maintain recommended social distancing, dispersing sanitizer, establishing routine disinfection, contacting local businesses to ensure that they are following CDC recommendations and moving payments online and/or to the City drop box.

In order to ensure that every family has the basic necessities through the Stay Home Order, the City has made the decision to turn water back on and temporarily suspend water shut off. The City also closed the main office on Monday. Lapwai City Hall is closed. Lapwai city residents may call Public Works Director Bill Skiles at 208.816.8127 for water, sewer or emergency needs.

“We are taking the measures that we can to be diligent and proactive in our efforts to curb any transmission of this virus to staff or community members. We encourage all residents and businesses to follow the CDC recommendations. The local governments are doing all they can, but we also need individuals to be personally responsible in helping stop the spread of this virus. Please avoid public places and groups of people as much as possible. This includes monitoring your children… they can group up and easily carry this virus back into homes. Let’s work together to protect our elders and vulnerable community members.” - Mayor Antonio Smith

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