MAYORAL DECLARATION 2020-01
A DECLARATION OF THE MAYOR OF THE CITY OF LORETTO DECLARING AN
EMERGENCY IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19
WHEREAS, the virus named “SARS-CoV-2,” is a new strain of coronavirus that has not previously been identified in humans and can easily spread from person to person and which causes a disease named “coronavirus disease 2019,” commonly known as “COVID-19,” which is a respiratory disease that can result in serious injury or death; and
WHEREAS, on January 31, 2020, the United States Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar declared a public health emergency for COVID-19, beginning on January 27, 2020; and
WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, President Donald Trump declared that the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States constitutes a National Emergency; and
WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, Governor Tim Walz declared a Peacetime State of Emergency to authorize all necessary resources to be used in support of the COVID-19 response; and
WHEREAS, as of March 15, 2020 the World Health Organization Situation Report confirmed a total of 153,517 cases of COVID-19 in over 135 countries, including 5,735 deaths; and as of March 15, 2020 a total of 35 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Minnesota; and
WHEREAS, COVID-19 has been identified by the World Health Organization as a pandemic, and the Untied States Centers for Disease Control has provided guidance for individuals, healthcare professionals, and businesses to slow the spread of COVID-19, which include cancelling or postponing in-person events that involve more than fifty people for eight weeks, and practicing social distancing; and
WHEREAS, the City of Loretto’s Emergency Management Team has been monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak as it as rapidly evolved and shall continue to work diligently with local, state, and federal partners to maintain situational awareness and respond to COVID-19; and
WHEREAS, additional local cases will trigger a more aggressive public health response and are predicted to impact residents of Loretto and those who work in or travel through the City, including City employees; and the need for social distancing, school closings, limited bar/restaurant services, and quarantine methods to stop the spread of COVID-19 is expected to cause significant challenges; and
WHEREAS, the Mayor finds that this situation threatens the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of the community and will cause a significant impact on the ability of public safety personnel to address any immediate dangers to the public as a result of COVID-19; and
WHEREAS, the Mayor finds that traditional sources of financial aid, assistance and relief may not be able to compensate for the potential impact of COVID-19, and has determined that the necessary resources to respond to and recover from this pandemic will exceed those resources available within the City of Loretto, and additional resources may be needed from Hennepin County and state and federal sources; and
WHEREAS, Minn. Stat. Sec. 12.29 authorizes the Mayor to declare the existence of a local emergency and invoke the City’s emergency management plans; and
WHEREAS, declaration of an emergency under Minn. Stat. Chap. 12 by the Governor and/or the Mayor authorizes the City pursuant to Minn. Stat. Sec. 12.37 to exercise various powers without compliance with time-consuming procedures and formalities prescribed by law including performance of public work, entering into contracts, incurring of obligations, employment of temporary workers, rental of equipment, purchase of supplies and materials, limitations on tax levies, and appropriation and expenditure of public funds.
NOW, THEREFORE, pursuant to Minn. Stat. Sec. 12.29, Mayor Kent Koch declares a local emergency in the City of Loretto effective at 7:00 pm on March 17, 2020.
1. This declaration of a local emergency authorizes City authority under Minn. Stat. Chap.
12, invokes City Code Section 1005, Emergency Preparedness, and authorizes other appropriate community containment and mitigation strategies.
2. To the extent that normal state laws and city policies and procedures impede an efficient response or compliance with federal and state directives or recommendations, the Emergency Manager Director and designees are hereby authorized to suspend compliance with those laws, policies and procedures as authorized by the Governor’s Declaration and Minn. Stat. Sec. 12.32, and to take those actions deemed necessary to protect the public health and safety.
3. That, pursuant to the authority provided by Minn. Stat. Sec. 13D.021, subd. 1(1), in person meetings of the City Council are not practical or prudent due to the health pandemic and emergency declared herein. Further, it is not feasible nor practical or prudent due to the health pandemic to have members of the public, city staff, or members of the City Council in attendance at the regular meeting location. Meetings of the City Council will be conducted by electronic or telephonic means. Under Minn. Stat. Sec. 13D.021, subd. 3, to the extent practical and possible, the Council will allow individuals to monitor the meeting electronically from a remote location.
4. This emergency declaration shall continue for a period of 3 days from its effective date of March 17, 2020, unless further extended by or with the consent of the City Council pursuant to Minn. Stat. Sec. 12.29, subd. 1.
5. This declaration shall be given prompt and general publicity and shall be filed promptly by the City Clerk-Treasurer.
/s/ Kent Koch, Mayor
/s/ Mary K. Schneider, City Clerk-Treasurer
Published in the Delano Herald Journal March 20, 2020.
CITY OF DELANO
COUNTY OF WRIGHT
STATE OF MINNESOTA
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
ON THE PROPOSAL TO ADOPT A STREET RECONSTRUCTION PLAN AND THE INTENT TO ISSUE GENERAL OBLIGATION STREET RECONSTRUCTION BONDS
Notice is hereby given that the City Council of the City of Delano, Minnesota (the “City”), will meet on April 7, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. at the Delano City Hall, 234 2nd St N, Delano, Minnesota, for the purpose of conducting a public hearing on (a) the proposal to adopt a five year street reconstruction plan and (b) the intent to issue not to exceed $2,250,000 general obligation street reconstruction bonds under its street reconstruction plan for street reconstruction improvements described in the street reconstruction plan.
If a petition requesting a vote on the issuance of the general obligation street reconstruction bonds is signed by voters equal to five percent of the votes cast in the last municipal general election and is filed with the City Administrator within 30 days of April 7, 2020, the City may issue the general obligation street reconstruction bonds only after obtaining the approval of a majority of the voters voting on the question of the issuance of the general obligation street reconstruction bonds.
All persons may appear at the April 7, 2020, public hearing and present their views to the Council orally or in writing.
PLEASE NOTE, due to COVID-19, the public hearing will be conducted via telephone or other electronic means as allowed under Minnesota Statutes, Section 13D.021. Please refer to the City of Delano website at www.delano.mn.us or call City Hall at 763-972-0550 to learn how to attend the public hearing via telephone or electronically.
Published in the Delano Herald Journal March 20, 2020.