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ST. CHARLES – In the face of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, the St. Charles City Council on Wednesday granted emergency powers to Mayor Ray Rogina in order to prevent disruption to the city's operations.
During the meeting, officials also declared a local state of emergency. Rogina's powers will be in effect until the next scheduled City Council meeting on April 6. Those powers include being able to authorize any purchase for which funds are available related to the local state of emergency. He also has the power to close city facilities to protect the health of the public and employees of the city.
In addition, in the event the local state of emergency extends beyond the current fiscal year and a new budget has not been approved, Rogina can approve new spending by the city during the local state of emergency.
"This action is considered a proactive approach for any actions we may need to take in municipal government to address the needs and welfare of our residents," City Administrator Mark Koenen said in addressing Rogina and the aldermen.
Rogina's powers could be reauthorized at the April 6 meeting if need be, Koenen said.
"When we say that we're all in this together, I really believe tonight that we are all in this together," Rogina said.
When asked what would be the criteria in determining whether the city needs to be locked down because of the outbreak, Rogina said he would follow the guidelines established by the state.
"We take a lot of guidance from our state," he said. "So at this point in time, I'm still going to rely on the governor. There's a lot of rules and regulations that have been put in place already."