SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- The Springfield City Council voted unanimously to declare a local state of emergency in the city Monday night.
The declaration will allow the city government to request reimbursements from the federal government on damages caused by the coronavirus. It will also suspend permit requirements for medical facilities to build new infrastructure as the virus grows. Niel Laudati, the interim assistant city manger, said the declaration will fully activate Springfield's Emergency Operation Plans.
"This allows the council and the mayor to revive what we’re doing and say yeah let’s pull out an x number of dollars so we can make sure there’s no delays when we’re trying to serve the public," Laudati said.
A separate resolution will allocate $100,000 from the city's general fund to be used for emergency response. Any left over money will be put back into the general fund. Mayor Christine Lundberg said she hopes the community can trust her and the council in fighting this virus.
"I go to the grocery store with the people that I live with," Lundberg said. "They expect me to do the right thing and expect me to lead the community. I see those people everyday and it matters to me. They are my neighbors and I care about them."
The declaration is set to be expire May 12, but the council can always vote to extend or shorten it.