Micheal Hale

Micheal Hale

GLASGOW — A local State of Emergency has been declared for Barren County.

A news release was issued Tuesday afternoon by Barren County Judge-Executive Micheal Hale, Glasgow Mayor Harold Armstrong, Cave City Mayor Dewayne Hatcher and Park City Mayor Larry Poteet announcing the declaration.

“This declaration of a local state of emergency allows us to timely make necessary decisions that better provide for the health and safety of the people of Barren County during this critical time,” the news release states.

“And having this emergency situation appropriately signed, filed, documented and recorded will allow our community to apply for and receive related emergency expenses, if and when federal and state resources are made available at a later date.”

Barren County has no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at this time, the news release continues.

“But we are working together with regional partners, public health department, hospitals, private healthcare professionals, schools, and other stakeholders to minimize the cases we will face, working to mitigate the risks that we face as a community and to make preparations for appropriate response,” the news release states.

The declaration signed by Hale calls into action the local emergency operations plan. Other actions detailed in the declaration include:

• The Glasgow-Barren County Emergency Management Director shall direct the emergency service agencies to provide such assistance as can be delivered from available local resources and shall coordinate all agencies of local government to provide assistance to Barren County.

• All departments and agencies of Barren County, including all inter-local government agencies, shall coordinate and cooperate, to the fullest extent, with the Glasgow-Barren County Emergency Management, the Barren River District Health Department, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and any federal agencies including the Small Business Administration and shall provide such assistance as may be required for response and recovery to this emergency.

• Under the State of Emergency, the Barren County Judge-Executive can waive procedures and formalities otherwise required by the law pertaining to: A) Performance of public work B) Entering into contracts C) Incurring obligations D) Employment of permanent and temporary workers E) Utilization of volunteer workers F) Rental of equipment G) Appropriation and expenditure of public funds.

The declaration will remain in effect until terminated by another executive order.

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