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I, Daniel R. Barrone, as the duly elected and sworn Mayor of the Town of Taos, hereby do invoke those powers vested in the Office of the Mayor under Chapter 2.04 CIVIL EMERGENCIES of the Town Code and upon consultation with the Town Manager and Code
Official, Police Chief and Fire Chief, do declare, that a civil emergency exists, as defined in Section 2.04.010 of the Town Code, and, consistent with those powers therein granted under Section 2.04.020, do declare as follows:
That commencing Friday, October 30th at 1 1 :00 pm local time and continuing thereafter each day until an order by the Mayor or Council is issued declaring this emergency to have ceased, a curfew shall exist within the corporate limits of the Town of Taos beginning at 1 1 :00 pm each evening and continuing to 5:00 am each day, requiring all persons to forthwith remove themselves from the public streets, alleys, parks, rights of way, grounds or other public and semi-public places, whether on foot, bicycle, in vehicles of any type or by any other means of conveyance during the period of said curfew.
The following persons, vehicles and services shall be exempt from the curfew while in the conduct of official business:
That, consistent with Section 2.04.020.A. of the Town Code a copy of this Proclamation shall be delivered to the Chief of Police, who shall see that copies are therefore delivered to all news media within the Town, and who shall also use public address systems to notify the public of said proclamation and curfew hours and to warn the public that said curfew constitutes a misdemeanor and violators are subject to arrest.
Further, that, as Mayor, I direct that copies of this proclamation shall be provided to the Town Manager and Emergency Management Team, and Fire Chief. Copies shall be provided to the Town Clerk for posting at the entrance to Town Hall, on the Town website, the Town's Facebook site, distributed through the Town Council email list, and by publication in the Taos News, as the newspaper of record.
That the issuance of this emergency, as proclaimed by the Mayor herein, is consistent with the actions of the Taos Town Council taken on October 27,2020 under Resolution 20-51 A RESOLUTION DECLARING A CIV7L AND HEALTH EMERGENCY AND AUTHORIZING PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETYMEASURES declaring a state of emergency and empowering the Mayor and Town Manager to take all measures required for the health, safety and welfare of the town and its residents.
That consistent with the Town Code, said proclamation by the Mayor shall be in effect for 48 hours from its issuance and must, consistent with Section 2.04.040, be affirmed by a majority vote of the Town Council prior to its expiration and may be extended by the action of the Council by their granting the authority to the Mayor through Resolution 20- 51 affirming the Proclamation, declaring a civil and health emergency and a daily curfew as long as required, or until either the Mayor or Council rescind said proclamation.
The Mayor, per the requirements of the Town Code, has evaluated independent findings by the NM Health Department, the Town Emergency Management Team, including weekly updates provided to the Mayor and Council, as well as the findings and recommendations of the Town Manager, Code Official, Police Chief, Fire Chief and Facilities Director with regards to the impact of the current pandemic on the community and the ability of the Town to provide municipal services; especially the ability to plan for and ensure uninterrupted public health and safety.
Further, as both Mayor and State Representative for the Town, the Mayor has also coordinated on a weekly basis with the other mayors and legislators of the state with regards to the pandemic and its impact, as well as potential responses, and has also coordinated with and received a request from the Governor's Office for local governments to (re)institute an overnight curfew as a preventive public health and safety measure, so as for the state to avoid having to resort to further restricting or completely closing businesses and government.
Therefore, in order to cooperate with the state in instituting measures that provide the least disruption to income of our local businesses, the uninterrupted employment of our residents, the continued safe provision of services to the community and in order to reduce to the extent possible the potential for transmission of the virus to locals, I do hereby declare the that a following public health measures to be taken and in force:
This proclamation of civil emergency and the accompanying declared curfew shall become effective at 11:pm, Friday, October 30, 2020.
ATTESTATION AS TO A STATE OF EMERGENCY
The following Town officers, as required by Code, have met and concur that such circumstances and factual evidence exist as to request the Mayor of the Town of Taos to, consistent with the provisions of the Town Code, issue a Proclamation declaring a state of civil emergency and to, thereunder, take such public health and safety measures as appropriate, up to and including the implementation of a public overnight curfew.
The circumstances contributing to this civil and health emergency include, but may not be exclusive to the following:
CODE AND HEALTH ORDER ENFORCEMENT