The CBJ has been planning to relocate the Thane Campground to a better location. However, COVID-19 pandemic has created an emergency for the campground now. People experiencing homelessness need another option other than the emergency shelter. This ordinance would authorize the Manager to sign a lease with an indemnification clause, so people experiencing homelessness can camp closer to services instead of staying at the emergency shelter. CBJ Charter 9.13 prohibits the CBJ from executing contracts with an indemnification clause unless the Assembly authorizes it by ordinance.
The emergency ordinance is justified because the CBJ anticipates it will need immediate access to a campground location near downtown to minimize spread of COVID-19 in the emergency shelters. CBJ Charter 5.4 authorizes the Assembly to adopt an emergency ordinance at the meeting in which it is presented if at least six Assemblymember vote in favor.
An emergency ordinance can only last 180 days. Because the lease contemplated for this campground could be in effect for longer than 180 days, a companion regular ordinance will be presented within 180 days.