March 13, 2020
As you know, there are a number of programs and gatherings being postponed or cancelled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). At this point, we will continue to hold City Council meetings, including the upcoming meeting on March 16, so we can conduct essential City business. Non-essential business will be postponed until later in the year.
Proclamation of Local Emergency
On Monday evening, the City Council will consider adopting a resolution proclaiming a local emergency, a legal document that will mobilize resources, accelerate emergency planning, streamline staffing, and allow for future reimbursement by the state and federal governments. The resolution reinforces that this is not business as usual and gives us more tools to be even more prepared so that we can be confident that our local readiness efforts are as robust as possible to protect the health of our community.
Sycamore Restroom Agenda Item
The City held a community meeting on March 5 to gather input from the community on the project, which proposes to place a new public restroom in Sycamore Park. More background information on the project is available here.
The item was originally planned for Council discussion at the upcoming March 16 meeting. However, the City Council understands the importance of public dialogue and expression at our public meetings, and the careful, transparent consideration of important issues with the community.
Given the current recommendation for social distancing, and that this topic is an issue of significant public interest, Council has directed postponing the item until later in the year when we can gather and discuss in person again. The City will not take any action on this issue until we have had a chance to discuss with the community at an open, widely-noticed public meeting.
More information will be provided in upcoming weeks. Sign up for our enewsletter MVConnect and check the project website for announcements on next steps.
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Thinking of Attending in Person?
Please take into consideration the following guidelines if you would like to attend the City Council meeting in person:
We are committed to the health and safety of residents while we continue to serve the community and ensure the continuity of essential City services through this public health emergency.