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CC RESO 1400 (040720) Emergency Utility Billing Procedures COVIDRESOLUTION NO. 1400 (2020) A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BOTHELL, WASHINGTON RATIFYING THE CITY MANAGER'S EMERGENCY ACTIONS RELATED TO UTILITY BILLING PROCEDURES. WHEREAS, on March 5, 2020, Mayor Liam Olsen issued an emergency proclamation as a result of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak in Washington State; and WHEREAS, in the event of a proclamation of emergency, the City Manager has authority pursuant to Section 2.27.070 of the Bothell Municipal Code to make and issue rules and regulations on matters reasonably related to the protection of life and property as affected by the emergency; and WHEREAS, the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to cause a local economic downturn and the available financial resources of many of our people and businesses are becoming limited, resulting in a significant likelihood of imposition of late payment fees or water service disconnection for non-payment of utility service charges; and WHEREAS, on Thursday, March 26, 2020, City Manager Jennifer Phillips exercised her authority under BMC 2.27.070 to issue temporary regulations providing the City's water and sewer utility customers with relief from late fee charges and water service shut -offs in order to preserve and maintain utility services to vulnerable populations during this crisis. NOW, THEREFORE, THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BOTHELL, WASHINGTON, DOES RESOLVE AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The temporary regulations regarding utility billing procedures issued by the City Manager are hereby confirmed and ratified. The City Manager's temporary regulations are attached hereto and adopted by the City Council as its own by reference thereto. Section 2. The City Clerk is authorized to make necessary corrections to this resolution including, but not limited to, the correction of scrivener's/clerical errors, references, resolution numbering, section/subsection numbers and any references thereto. PASSED this 7th day of April, 2020. PROVED: '-'LIAM OLSEN MAYOR Page 1 of 2 1400 (2020) ATTEST/AUTH ENTICATED: AURA HATHA AY CITY CLERK FILED WITH THE CITY CLERK: 04/02/2020 PASSED BY THE CITY COUNCIL: 04/07/2020 RESOLUTION NO.: 1400 2020 Page 2 of 2 1400 (2020) Attachment to Resolution 1400 City of Bothell COVID-19 Response Plan Temporary Processes for Utility Billing WHEREAS, on February 29, 2020, Governor Jay Inslee proclaimed a State of Emergency as a result of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak in Washington State; and WHEREAS, City of Bothell Mayor Liam Olsen declared a local State of Emergency on March 5, 2020; and WHEREAS, the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to cause a local economic downturn and the avallablefinancial resources ofmany of ourpeople and businesses are becoming limited, resulting in a significant likelihood of imposition of late payment fees or water service disconnection for non-payment; and WHEREAS, on March 18, 2020, Governor Inslee issued Proclamation 20-05 strongly encouraging municipal utility providers to take reasonable actions to mitigate the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on their utility customers; and WHEREAS, in the event of an emergency proclamation, Section 2.27.070(A) of the Bothell Mu nicipal Code authorizes the City Manager to make and issue rules and regulationson matters reasonably related to the protection of lifeand property as affected by such emergency; and WHEREAS, the City of Bothell provides both water and sewer utility service to customers within its utility service areas; and WHEREAS, preserving and maintaining utilityservices to vulnerable populations during this crisis by mitigating theeconomic impacts is an essential tool in sustainingand protecting the health and welfare of our customers; and NOW, THEREFORE, I, Jennifer Phillips, City Manager of the City of Bothell, hereby issue the following temporary emergency regulations: 1. The City of Bothell will not disconnectwater utility services due to non-payment during the term of the statewide emergency proclamation; and 2. The City of Bothell will waive late payment fees on unpaid utility bills for a period of ninety (90) days from the date of this temporary emergency regulation. 3. The City of Bothell will continue its current processes for establishing customer payment plans to address outstanding balances, and utility billing staff are further authorized to allow a customer to establish a payment plan without an initial, upfront payment during the term of the statewide emergency proclamation. 4. This temporary emergency regulation shall be presented to the City Council for confirmation atthe earliest practicable time, consistentwith BMC 2.27.070 (A). 1�PDR('1i/�I�•