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Nome Council Could Extend Local Emergency Ordinance Through June 2021

The Nome Common Council will make their final vote on the extension of the local emergency during their regular meeting tonight.

That non-code ordinance gives the City Manager authority to take action to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Nome. Among the most controversial of those measures is Glenn Steckman’s ability to implement quarantine requirements for anyone entering the City of Nome from outside.

If passed as written, the emergency ordinance would carry over until June 30th of 2021. Nome’s current order expires at the end of this year.

However, the Council can vote to revoke the ordinance at any time.

In other business, the Council will discuss a fifth round of CARES Act funding for Nome, aimed at community stimulus.

The Nome Common Council meets at 7pm at Council Chambers in City Hall. There will be a work session to discuss swimming pool repairs along with CARES Act funding at 5:30pm.

Image at Top: Members of the Nome Common Council in October 2020. From left to right: Adam Martinson, Mayor John Handeland, Mark Johnson, and Jerald Brown.

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