County to review state's emergency templateBy SARAH FAY CAMPBELL
The Coweta County Board of Commissioners pulled a proposed emergency management ordinance from the agenda Tuesday because the county’s legal counsel hasn’t had time to review the ordinance.
The ordinance is a “template” that came from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency and the Association County Commissioners of Georgia, said Assistant County Administrator Kelly Mickle.
“Our attorneys are currently reviewing it to make sure there is not something that may be incompatible with state law,” Mickle said.
Assistant County Attorney Nathan Lee said after the meeting that he and County Attorney Jerry Ann Conner didn’t get the ordinance in time to “give it meaningful review.”
Lee said he’s already seen one problem with the proposed ordinance — it states that, when an emergency is declared, the county can limit the sale of firearms.
“We can’t regulate the sale” of firearms, Lee said.
Cowetan Linda Menk asked the commissioners about the ordinance, during the public comment portion of the meeting.
“I believe several of you gentlemen have received several phone calls today regarding this,” Menk said. “Has that item definitely been tabled? Is it going to be addressed?”
“Under staff’s recommendation, it has been removed from tonight’s meeting,” Brooks said.
Menk wanted to know where the ordinance originated.
“There are a number of concerned citizens. We would like to determine where this started, how it got here and exactly who was in the review process,” she said.
Mickle said after the meeting the county does have an existing emergency ordinance, but it is much less expansive than the proposed ordinance.
“We have to update our ordinances as part of the update of our local emergency operations plan,” Mickle said. “When Jerry Ann and Nathan started looking at it ... they saw some things,” she said.