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City Council, commissions to meet virtually due to rise in COVID-19 cases

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Media Releases Published November 18, 2021

Until further notice, all meetings of the City Council and commissions governed by Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 13D (list below) will be conducted by telephone or interactive technology, such as WebEx. Minnesota Statutes, section 13D.021 authorizes cities to meet by telephone or interactive technology if it is determined that meeting in person is not practical or prudent because of a health pandemic.

As of November 15, Minnesota had the country’s worst COVID-19 infection rate with 490 new cases per 100,000 people over the previous seven days. Minnesota’s COVID-19 death toll has eclipsed 9,000 people. On November 16, the Minnesota Department of Health reported 51 new deaths, which raises the state’s pandemic total to 9,047. Minnesota reported 10,913 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, pushing the state’s pandemic total to 857,791. 

“I consulted with the City’s mayor, chief legal counsel and public health administrator regarding the current status of COVID-19 in Minnesota and have found it is difficult or impossible for City officials, City staff and the public to comply with public health guidance following a possible exposure, infection or related matters while safely carrying out official duties,” City Manager Jamie Verbrugge said.

Meetings affected by this decision

  • City Council
  • Planning Commission
  • Charter Commission
  • Human Rights Commission
  • Parks, Arts and Recreation Commission
  • Merit Board
  • Creative Placemaking Commission
  • Sustainability Commission
  • Advisory Board of Health
  • Board of Review
  • Earned Sick and Safe Leave Task Force
  • Any other commission, task force, committee, or subgroup appointed by the City Council or any of the aforementioned bodies that conduct in-person meetings.

How meetings will run

Some members of the groups listed above, testifiers and presenters may participate electronically as permitted by law, Minnesota Statutes, Section 13D.021. 

  • Meetings will be run via WebEx.
  • Members of the public may participate in person from the regular meeting location, unless it is unfeasible due to the COVID-19 pandemic, or electronically.
  • Directions on how to participate are available in the agenda packet.

At least one member of the City commissions, the chief administrative officer, or the chief legal counsel will be present at the regular meeting location, unless unfeasible due to the global health COVID-19 pandemic. The chief administrative officer and chief legal counsel for City commissions (other than the City Council) are designated City staff members.

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