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Councilors declare COVID-19 state of emergency

The Sweet Home City Council on Thursday, March 19, declared a state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and approved a plan to waive fees for shutting off and starting water service for businesses that are closed and to negotiate arrangements with residents who may have difficulty paying their utility bills.

Under the policy, Community and Economic Development Director Blair Larsen said, "for the duration of this emergency, the city will not be shutting water off."

The policy is based on compassion, Larsen said, and also is necessary for hygiene purposes to help contain the...

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