By Faye Gaston
A called meeting of the Bullock County Commission was held on March 19, 2020.
Alonza Ellis, Jr., Chairman of the Commission, signed a “Proclamation of Existence of Local Emergency” for Bullock County.
This provides guidelines for the operation of the county’s government during the serious hazard to lives of Bullock County from the COVID-19 pandemic disease.
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey had issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency in the State of Alabama.
The Proclamation states that Alabama Code 31-9-10 (1975) allows Bullock County to declare a state of local emergency and to waive the procedure and formalities otherwise required of political subdivision (Bullock County) by law, including but not limited to (a) performance of public work and taking whatever prudent action is necessary to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the community, (b) entering into contracts, (c) incurring obligations, (d) employment of temporary workers, (e) utilization of volunteer workers, (f) rental of equipment, (g) acquisition and distribution, with or without compensation, of supplies, materials and facilities, (h) appropriation of expenditures of public funds.
Director of the Emergency Management Agency for Bullock County, Josh Powell, was present at the meeting.