Chapter 8.20


8.20.010    Power of mayor to impose regulations.

8.20.020    Proclamation effective upon issuance and dissemination to public.

8.20.030    Termination of proclamation.

8.20.040    Violation – Penalty.

8.20.010 Power of mayor to impose regulations.

Whenever, in the judgment of the mayor or, in the event of his inability to act, the chairman of the council’s public safety committee, determines that an emergency exists as a result of mob action or other disobedience causing danger of injury to or damages to persons or property, he shall have the power to impose by proclamation any or all of the following regulations necessary to preserve the peace and order of the city:

A. To impose a curfew upon all or a portion of the city thereby requiring all persons in such designated curfew areas to forthwith remove themselves from the public streets, alleys, parks or other public places; provided, however, that nurses and ambulance operators performing medical services, utility personnel maintaining public essential services, firemen and city authorized or requested law enforcement officers and personnel may be exempted from such curfew;

B. To order the closing of any business establishments anywhere within the city for the period of the emergency, such businesses to include, but not be limited to, those selling intoxicating liquors, cereal malt beverages, gasoline or firearms;

C. Designate any public street, thoroughfare or vehicle parking areas closed to most vehicles and pedestrian traffic;

D. To call upon regular and auxiliary law enforcement agencies and organizations within or without the city to assist in preserving and keeping the peace within the city. (Ord. 68-22 § 1, 1968)

8.20.020 Proclamation effective upon issuance and dissemination to public.

The proclamation of emergency provided in this chapter shall be effective upon its issuance and dissemination to the public by appropriate news media. (Ord. 68-22 § 2, 1968)

8.20.030 Termination of proclamation.

Any emergency proclaimed in accordance with provisions of this chapter will terminate after 48 hours from the issuance thereof, or upon the issuance of a proclamation determining that an emergency no longer exists, whichever occurs first; provided, however, that such emergency may be extended for such additional periods of time as determined necessary by resolution of the governing body. (Ord. 68-22 § 3, 1968)

8.20.040 Violation – Penalty.

Any person who wilfully fails or refuses to comply with the orders of duly authorized law enforcement officers or personnel charged with the responsibility of enforcing the proclamation of emergency provided for in this chapter shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine of not more than $500.00, or by imprisonment in jail for a period of not to exceed six months, or by both such fine and imprisonment. (Ord. 68-22 § 4, 1968)