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City passes emergency resolution


March 25, 2020

The Three Forks City Council approved a declaration of emergency resolution making the city eligible for federal relief funds as well as providing the authority to pass two mills.

According to Mayor Sean Gifford, the two mills would be approximately $5,000.

Prior to the vote, Gifford discussed the resolution and said he believes it will give the city the best ability to respond to the COVID-19 virus.

"I do not foresee passage of the mills as our City has been managed well and unlike other municipalities, we have a robust reserve. However, as everyone can see this is a rapidly evolving situation. I cannot honestly sit here and tell you today that I can rule that out.

"I also cannot in good conscience say that it is going to be a smooth ride over the coming weeks or months. As most people have already heard the President, and the White House Corona Virus Task Force, has issued guidance for 15-days to slow the spread. Additionally, our State and local officials have also ordered the closure of several businesses and facilities.

"Within the City, I have closed the public works building to public access and limited public access to City Hall. I have also canceled all non-essential public meetings; I will cancel public meetings in general on Friday, March 20th to give the City enough time to close out all essential business to keep the city running for the next month. This is done in order to protect City employee's health and maintain a continuity of essential services," he said.

Gifford also wants local residents to think locally.

Three Forks Mayor Sean Gifford

"Think locally and think about what we can do for the most vulnerable in our community. I have already heard of instances of people delivering food and groceries to their neighbors and making runs to Bozeman for essential items for those who are at a higher risk than most. These are things we must continue to do if we are going to maintain some semblance of normalcy and decency," he said. "I'm asking people to continue to live their lives and take into consideration the CDC, State and local health department recommended measures."

He added one of the downsides of the situation is that local establishments, community employees, small businesses and non-profits are going to suffer.

"These small businesses and non-profits employ your neighbors and friends and keep our city thriving...Keep supporting your neighbors and friends we will return to business stronger than before," Gifford said.


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