Wilmington mayor invokes executive order that allows ban on sheriff sales, water cutoffs

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Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki today announced that he has signed an Executive Order activating his authority under a  state of emergency, due to coronavirus.

The executive order is available at this link. The broad authority granted to a mayor of Wilmington during an emergency has been used previously because of weather-related incidents such as snowstorms, tornadoes or hurricanes.

The mayor said his first actions are to suspend indefinitely water service disconnections as well as to delay until further notice the filing of Sheriff Sale monitions.  Both processes are used to discourage delinquencies in payments for utility services and other government fees. The mayor also suspended all public programming at the William “Hicks” Anderson Community Center until further notice.
 
“I ask all citizens to take care of each other and be mindful of their own actions,” said Purzycki. “We want everyone to stay safe from the effects of the coronavirus and not to contribute to the spread of the virus.  All of us in public service around the state are taking our guidance from Governor John Carney and his excellent team of health care and emergency management experts, who are providing valuable information. The governor has declared a state of emergency and I urge all city residents and businesses to follow the directives. We are all working together to get through this.”
 
The mayor said his actions regarding sheriff sales and water service disconnections are necessary to allay any additional concerns for those who may have extra financial burdens in uncertain economic times. 

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