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File #: 20-549    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Ordinance Status: Public Hearing
File created: 10/22/2020 In control: Board of Supervisors
On agenda: 11/4/2020 Final action:
Title: Ordinance to Amend Section 7, Deadlines, of Ordinance No. 20-A(14), An Ordinance to Ensure Continuity of Government During the COVID-19 Disaster
Attachments: 1. Att.A - Proposed Ordinance
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AGENDA DATE: 11/4/2020

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Ordinance to Amend Section 7, Deadlines, of Ordinance No. 20-A(14), An Ordinance to Ensure Continuity of Government During the COVID-19 Disaster
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SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST: Adoption of an Ordinance to Amend Section 7, Deadlines, of Ordinance No. 20-A(14), An Ordinance to Ensure Continuity of Government During the COVID-19 Disaster

ITEM TYPE: Regular Action Item

STAFF CONTACT(S): Richardson, Walker, Kamptner

PRESENTER (S): Greg Kamptner

LEGAL REVIEW: Yes

REVIEWED BY: Jeffrey B. Richardson

BACKGROUND: On March 12, 2020, the County Executive, acting as the Director of Emergency Management, declared a local emergency, and Governor Ralph S. Northam declared a state of emergency, both because of the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, and the disease it causes, commonly referred to as COVID-19 ("COVID-19"), and the resulting COVID-19 pandemic. On March 27, 2020, the Board adopted Ordinance No. 20-E(3), an emergency ordinance to ensure the continuity of County government. The Ordinance has since been amended several times since then, both as emergency and non-emergency ordinances, to keep up with changing conditions and new information.

Section 7 of the Ordinance pertains to various deadlines imposed by State law and the circumstances under which they may be extended. The proposed amendment is limited to the deadlines to respond to requests for public records established under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA").

STRATEGIC PLAN: Mission: To enhance the well-being and quality of life for all citizens through the provision of the highest level of public service consistent with the prudent use of public funds.

DISCUSSION: The Ordinance has always stated the Board's intention that the County would endeavor to meet all deadlines established by FOIA and other State laws. Nonetheless, because of the uncertainty as to how the COVID-19 pandemic would affect County operations and its ability to meet certain...

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