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Tecumseh Declares Civil Emergency


March 19, 2020

Countywide and Sun/Jacob Factor

Tecumseh posted a sign on their front door saying the Municipal Court is closed until April 8.

The City of Tecumseh has declared a civil emergency amid growing concerns over the COVID-19 outbreak.

The city council unanimously voted to authorize the mayor to issue the declaration Wednesday, March 18 in a special meeting.

The emergency declaration bans all gatherings of ten or more people on city-owned and operated properties and facilities, including City Hall, parks and cemeteries until at least April 6.

All youth athletic practices, contests and related activities taking place in city parks are banned until April 6 as well.

The Tecumseh Municipal Court sessions, including juvenile proceedings, from now until April6 are cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date "as shall be established by the Court in consultation with the City Manager."

"To the extent allowed by law," the city manager may limit public attendance at city council, planning commission and other city board meetings, or cancel the meetings.

All activities in the Municipal Auditorium, regardless of crowd size, are banned.

The emergency declaration urges churches, schools, civic clubs and other private and public organizations to consider limiting activities and programs that would involve more than ten people.

The declaration gives the city manager the authority to adjust and revise work schedules for all employees, "as he determines to be appropriate."

The declaration also said the city manager may, "at his discretion," delay or postpone the cut off or discontinuance of utility services for non-payment or delinquency during the emergency term (from now until April 6).

The mayor can extend, withdraw or modify the declaration after April 6.


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