An Emergency Resolution of the City Council of the City of Brookings, South Dakota, to Address a Public Health Crisis by Authorizing the City Manager to Utilize Certain Fund Reserves for Emergency Financial Assistance.
Whereas, the City of Brookings has the authority pursuant to SDCL 9-29-1 and SDCL 9-32-1 to pass resolutions and ordinances for the purpose of promoting the health, safety, and general welfare of the community, and to do what may be necessary for the promotion of health or the suppression of diseases; and
Whereas, on March 13, 2020, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency in response to the global pandemic of COVID-19; and
Whereas, on the same day, Governor Kristi Noem, issued Executive Order 2020-04 which declared a state of emergency to exist in the State of South Dakota in response to the spread of COVID-19; and
Whereas, the City of Brookings, in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, may need to provide emergency funding, through the use of the following fund reserves, to provide financial assistance through programs established by the Chamber of Commerce, Brookings Convention and Visitors Bureau and/or the Brookings Economic Development Corporation and other Brookings non-profit organization; and
Whereas, the City of Brookings has the authority under its Charter to make Emergency Appropriations under 4.06(b) and Transfers of Unencumbered Appropriation Balances under 4.06(d);
Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved by the City Council of the City of Brookings, South Dakota (the "City") as follows:
The City Manager is authorized to use reserves from the City’s general, special revenue and enterprise funds to provide emergency financial assistance through programs established by the above-referenced community non-profit organizations to provide this assistance; and
The City Manager shall report uses of funds and proper documentation of such uses to the City Council. Budget amendments, as necessary, shall be submitted to the City Council to reflect actions taken under this emergency resolution; and
All action of the City Council and/or any officers, agents and employees of the City, consistent with the purposes and intent of this resolution, whether taken before or after the adoption hereof, are ratified, confirmed and adopted; and
This resolution is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, safety and welfare of the City and shall become effective immediately upon passage.
Dated this 23rd day of March, 2020.
City of Brookings
Keith W. Corbett, Mayor
Bonnie Foster, City Clerk