Huntsville City Council, Madison City Council to hold special meetings amidst COVID-19 outbreak

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UPDATE SUNDAY AT 4 PM: Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, Madison Mayor Paul Finley, Emergency Management Agency Director Jeff Birdwell, and other local health care and public safety partners will hold a news conference on Monday at 12 p.m., according to a news release from the City of Huntsville.

The release said the conference will update the public on their COVID-19 response.

The city said the mayors and Madison County Commissioner Dale Strong have been in communication with EMA, hospitals, HEMSI, ADPH, Redstone Arsenal, and state partners on action to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The city released a statement from Mayor Tommy Battle on Sunday:

“We recognize this is serious, and we are practicing all precautions while ensuring essential government services and protections remain in tact. The City of Huntsville is still collecting garbage and our police and fire units remain on duty. With our partners, we continue to monitor and address the needs of the community. Tomorrow, Mayor Finley and I will ask our City Councils to enact what is commonly called a State of Emergency. This will give us tools to quickly respond with personnel and resources to any issues that may arise out of COVID-19.”

According to the release, the news conference will be held in the Engineering Conference Room of the City of Huntsville’s Public Services Building at 320 Fountain Circle.

WHNT News 19 will stream the news conference online, on our WHNT News 19 app, and on our WHNT News 19 Facebook page.

MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – The Huntsville City Council and Madison City Council will each hold a special meeting on Monday after multiple COVID-19 cases have been announced in Alabama.

In a news release, the City of Huntsville said the Huntsville City Council will hold a special called meeting on Monday, March 16 at 2 p.m. on the 1st floor Council Chambers of City Hall. The address is 308 Fountain Circle, 35801.

The release said the council will vote on Mayor Tommy Battle’s request to declare a three week State of Emergency to allow the city to act quickly and take appropriate action to protect the community against the spread of COVID-19.

According to the release, Mayor Battle has spoken with Madison Mayor Paul Finley, who is also requesting a State of Emergency.

The Madison City Council will hold a special called meeting to vote on the request on Monday, March 16 at 2 p.m. The address is 100 Hughes Road, 35758.

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