The Scottsboro City Council extended its state of emergency resolution Monday evening at its regular meeting. The state of emergency will extend through April 27.

The council approved the resolution declaring a state of emergency at a special called meeting on March 20.

City Attorney Stephen Kennamer read a portion of the resolution, which says, “The City Council of Scottsboro hereby declares a State of Emergency in Scottsboro, Alabama with the Mayor and City Departments, with the guidance of the Purchasing Department and the Human Resources Department, authorized to expend City funds and use additional personnel hours necessary to respond to the impacts of COVID-19 (some known and some unknown) in our city and community.”

The resolution said that the mayor and city departments are requested and authorized to record the additional expenses incurred in the past and future as a result of the COVID-19 impacts; and seek reimbursement to the extent provided and authorized by the federal and state laws.

The city will work with the Jackson County EMA during this pandemic, and the council passed the resolution on Friday to be proactive during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Scottsboro Mayor Robin Shelton said citizens do not need to panic because a state of emergency was declared. It allows the city to be reimbursed for extra expenses may come up like labor, materials, etc. He said city workers are being mindful and conscience of what they come in contact with. The city is also stressing good hygiene at the workplace.

Shelton asked that citizens be mindful of what they purchase and to look out for their neighbors. He said to support local businesses that are offering carry-out or delivery services.

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