Section 7-4 Emergency regulations.


    (a) If a disaster occurs which requires the implementation of the city emergency operations plan or if an emergency occurs which does not require the immediate implementation of the city emergency operations plan but which requires the extraordinary management of city resources, the city manager is authorized to declare an emergency and establish temporary emergency regulations to ensure the health, safety and welfare of persons within the city.

    (1)    Regulations established by the city manager pursuant to this section shall contain a statement of the facts constituting the emergency and shall be narrowly drawn to address the stated emergency.

    (2)    Immediately after establishing regulations pursuant to this section, the city manager shall cause a copy of the regulations to be posted on the bulletin board in the fourth floor hallway of the Daniel Boone Building and shall cause copies of the regulations to be delivered to all members of the city council and distributed to local news media.

    (3)    Regulations established by the city manager pursuant to this section shall remain in effect for twenty-one (21) days unless sooner revoked by the city manager or by motion of the city council. The city manager shall not re-establish regulations pursuant to this section after they have expired or been revoked unless a change in circumstances creates a new emergency.

    (4)    At the next regular city council meeting after establishing emergency regulations or at a special council meeting held before the next regular council meeting, the city manager shall give a complete report on the emergency to the city council. If the city manager determines that the emergency regulations should remain in effect, a council bill shall be prepared and presented to the city council which would establish the regulations by ordinance.

    (b) Regulations established under this section shall have the force of law. A person who violates the regulation established under this section after receiving notice of the regulation shall be guilty of an offense punishable by a fine not to exceed one-thousand ($1,000.00) or by imprisonment not to exceed three (3) months or by both such fine and imprisonment. All other persons violating a regulation established under this section shall be guilty of an infraction punishable by a fine not to exceed two hundred dollars ($200.00).


(Ord. No. 11947, § 1, 7-18-88; Ord. No. 17169, § 1, 2-4-02)


(17169, Amended, 02/04/2002, Prior Text)