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City of Lester Prairie clears way for school expansion to move forward

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – After reviewing the situation regarding the school’s petition to vacate a portion of Second Ave. North to make way for a building expansion project, the City of Lester Prairie has approved the necessary permits to allow the project to proceed.

City Administrator Mike Skrbich issued the following press release on behalf of the city:

This notification is to communicate that the City of Lester Prairie School Expansion Project, the vacating of portions of 2nd Avenue North and the special use permits related to this project are all approved at this time.

Prior to approval, the city reached out to our attorney to determine the necessary votes needed to pass the petition for vacation. Our attorney often encourages us to utilize the League of Minnesota Cities Handbook to preserve city funds and utilize resources already available. The city did exactly that and made our determination on the information that we had. We assure all, there was no ill-intent or purposeful denial of the school’s petition for vacation. Furthermore, the petition was received on 1-6-20 and the city initially estimated a 3-4 month approval process. The process is completed within that timeline.

After our meeting, we reached out to our attorney and we had a lengthy discussion about the issue and are in agreement that there is an exception to the super majority vote and the petition should have passed. There was a simple majority vote at the meeting, and all requests are approved at this time.

NOTE: the press release was updated to reflect the correct date for receipt of the petition.

McLeod County to Test the CodeRED Community Notification System

McLEOD COUNTY, MN – The McLeod County Emergency Notification System, CodeRED, will be tested on March 25, 2020 at 10:00am to validate telephone numbers in the McLeod County’s database. Here’s what you need to know:

  • There is no need to take action if you receive the call. Emergency personnel are merely testing the system to ensure it is operational as needed, and to encourage additional residents to enroll to receive future notifications.
  • This process helps us continually improve the system. Testing increases the efficiency of the system and speed at which notifications will be delivered during an actual emergency.
  • Visit our website to update contact information. If your phone number is not in the database, you will not receive a call when we do launch an important notification.

Residents and businesses are encouraged to visit our website and update their contact information, in particular those individuals who have unlisted phone numbers, who have changed their phone number or address within the past year and those who use a cellular phone or VoIP phone as their primary number,” according to Kevin Mathews, McLeod County Emergency Management Director. “The more residents who actively add or update their contact information in the emergency database, the better able we are to protect people and property.”

The CodeRED system allows McLeod County officials to effectively reach residents and personnel by using the system’s capabilities to send telephone calls, text messages and emails to inform residents and better protect life and property.

Mathews urges citizens to visit the McLeod County website at www.co.mcleod.mn.us and click on CodeRED under the Quick Links section or text mcleodalert to 99411. Questions regarding signing up should be directed to Craig Rossow, McLeod County Emergency Management Deputy Director at (320) 864-1725.

Winsted council adjusts time, location for work session

WINSTED, MN – The Winsted City Council moved the time for its Tuesday, March 24 meeting from 5 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and changed the location from the Lewis Room to the Vollmer Room.

Agenda items for the work session include continuation of operations planning and an emergency declaration related to COVID-19; and a Phase II environmental assessment for 231 Main Ave. W.

The regular city council meeting will follow at 6 p.m. Agenda items include business financing for the Millerbernd Manufacturing redevelopment project; promenade improvements in conjunction with the Winsted Garden Club; and an organization report from the Winsted Lake Association.

March 20 statement from Winsted Mayor Steve Stotko regarding response to COVID-19

WINSTED, MN – Dear Winsted Community,

Coronavirus (COVID-19) has spread around the globe, and efforts to slow its transmission and minimize its damage has caused significant impacts. Measures to slow its spread have disrupted residents’ ability to work, go to school, participate in activities and interact with friends.

These critical steps to maintain distance from one another are uncomfortable, but experts at the state and national levels have determined that they are our best means of mitigating the spread of COVID-19 and preventing our healthcare system from becoming overwhelmed. We appreciate everyone’s commitment to working together as a city, and we assure you that your city leadership is committed to doing everything in their power to maintain the health and safety of residents and to provide essential services to the Winsted community.

A COVID-19 Response Team, comprised of Police Chief, Justin Heldt, Fire Chief, Troy Scherping, City Administrator, Adam Birkholz and Mayor, Steve Stotko, have been meeting regularly to review the situation and respond in coordination with county, state and federal agencies. At this point, the city will continue to operate and provide essential services to the Winsted community; however, some non-essential services could be modified or suspended in the future. The City will provide updates, should there be any changes.

City meetings that are considered essential will continue to be held, and those that are not will be postponed or canceled. Seating adjustments have already been made in the Council Chambers so that members of the public who attend meetings of the City Council, Planning Commission and other governing bodies can maintain a minimum six-foot separation. If you are unable to attend a City meeting due to illness or if you are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19, please submit your public comments in advance to the City Administrator, Adam Birkholz via telephone at (320) 485-2366 or via e-mail at Adam.Birkholz@winsted.mn.us.

Again, we thank everyone for taking this matter seriously and being part of the effort to reduce the impact of COVID-19. Please stay safe and healthy, and most of all don’t panic. This is a dynamic situation, and City staff will continue to keep residents informed.

Steve Stotko Mayor

Mayer declares state of emergency

MAYER, MN –

CITY OF MAYER, CARVER COUNTY, MINNESOTA

MAYORAL PROCLAMATION

AND DECLARATION OF EMERGENCY

 

WHEREAS, Mike Dodge, the Mayor of the City of Mayer (the “Mayor”) finds that under the authority provided by Chapter 12 and related laws of the State of Minnesota, the following situation (the “Situation”) exists:

 

PEACETIME EMERGENCY DUE TO COVID-19 HEALTH PANDEMIC; and

 

WHEREAS, COVID-19 has been identified by the World Health Organization as a pandemic, and the United States Centers for Disease Controls (CDC) has provide guidance for individuals, healthcare professionals, and businesses to slow the spread of COVID-19; 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, 2010; 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 issued an Executive Order declaring a Peacetime State of Emergency to authorize any and all resources to be used in support of the COVID-19 response; and

 

WHEREAS, the Governor’s Executive Order along with this Declaration triggers activation of the City’s Emergency Management Organization and enables the City to exercise its emergency powers; and

 

WHEREAS, the City of Mayer’s staff and elected officials have the need to continue to prepare and to work diligently with local, state, and federal partners to maintain situational awareness and respond to COVID-19; and

 

WHEREAS, the Mayor finds the situation presents a combination of circumstances that are sudden and could not have been anticipated; and

 

WHEREAS, the Mayor finds that this Situation threatens the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of the community and threatens the continuation and efficient delivery of City services; and

 

WHEREAS, the Mayor finds that the Situation poses a risk or may cause extensive personal injury, damage, or disaster to the City if not immediately addressed; and

 

NOW, THEREFORE, MAYOR MIKE DODGE OF THE CITY OF MAYER, MINNESOTA DECLARES, REQUESTS, AND DIRECTS AS FOLLOWS:

 

  1. Under the authority given by Minnesota Statutes Section 12.29, declares that a local emergency exists within the City of Mayer, Minnesota, effective March 19, 2020, with all the powers and responsibilities attending thereto as provided by Minnesota Statutes Chapter 12.

 

  1. This declaration of a local emergency will invoke the City’s Emergency Operations Plan. The portions that are necessary for the response to and recovery from the Situation are authorized, including but not limited to all appropriate community containment and mitigation strategies. To the extent normal state laws and City policies and procedures impede an efficient response to compliance with federal and state directives and recommendations, the City Administrator, Emergency Management Director, and their designees are authorized to suspend compliance with those laws, policies, and procedures (as permitted by Minnesota Statutes Section 12.37) and to take those actions necessary to protect the public health, safety, and welfare.

 

  1. Directs all City Departments and offices to operate and support the response to this incident, under the direction and coordination of the City Administrator, including implementing new employee protocols, strategies, and processes to ensure that essential pubic services are maintained.

 

  1. Requests that the City Council discuss the Situation and this Emergency Declaration at the Special Meeting noticed for March 19, 2020, at 5:30 p.m. This Emergency Declaration shall continue for a period of three (3) days from its effective date of March 19, 2020, unless further extended by or with the consent of the City Council pursuant to Minnesota Statutes Section 12.29.

  1. Directs that social distancing measures be utilized during the Special Meeting noticed for March 19, 2020, at 5:30 p.m. These measures include arranging seating in a manner to avoid close contact pursuant to interim guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

 

  1. Requests that the City Council discuss additional public safety-related considerations with respect to future meetings of the City Council, Planning Commission, and other advisory commissions of the City of Mayer during the Special Meeting noticed for March 19, 2020, at 5:30 p.m., including considering suspending non-essential meetings and conducting future essential meetings by telephone or by other electronic means pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 13D.021.

 

  1. Orders that this declaration be given prompt and general publicity and that it be filed promptly by the City Administrator.

 

 

DATED: March 19, 2020 _____

Statement on city operations from Waverly Mayor Connie Holmes

WAVERLY, MN – Until further notice, The City of Waverly will operate under a plan to deliver and continue only essential services while minimizing direct person-to-person contact with our employees. .

The City closed public access to facilities beginning March 16, 2020 until further notice. (The council will evaluate the situation and the State of Minnesota directions on an ongoing basis.) The City will continue to perform essential services as defined below and employees will be available by telephone and email during the facilities closure. We appreciate our resident’s patience and understanding of this decision.

Fire, Emergency Response and Medical Response:

If you have a fire or medical emergency, call 911. The non-emergency number at Wright County Sheriff’s Department is 763-682-1162.

The Waverly Volunteer Fire Department continues to be staffed and responding to calls as normal. As a precaution, the Fire Department may limit the number of persons responding to your medical emergency.

Please refer to the following guide for essential and other services:.

Water/Sewer Utilities: The City of Waverly Public Works will continue to operate, but the office is closed to the public. To reach Public Works for a matter concerning Water/Sewer Utilities, please call (763) 658-4217 and speak with Maintenance Supervisor Jason Karels

Utility Connections/disconnections and Payments: Utility Connections/disconnections can still be scheduled, call 763-658-1585 to schedule. With respect to your bill, the office staff at City Hall will be available to answer questions about your bill, but access to the office is closed to the public. Call (763) 658-4217 and ask for Alicia or Chris. Payments by either check or cash may be placed in the drop-box located immediately to the right of the door at City Hall. This deposits directly into the city office. If you would like a receipt, please indicate that on your envelope for payment and include an email or mailing address. Electronic Payments:
PSN Payment System Link (available on City of Waverly web site – www.waverlymn.org )

Payments can always be made by Mail:

City of Waverly
PO Box 189
Waverly, MN 55390

Building and Permitting:

The City’s Building Permit functions will continue its operation during this time. Building permits can be emailed to: waverlymn@gmail.com . If you have questions about building permits, would like to pick up a form (also available on the web site) or would like to make an electronic payment for a building permit, please call (763) 658-4217 for assistance.

Planning and Zoning:

The City is continuing planning and zoning activities. Please call or email City Clerk/Treasurer Deb Ryks for assistance: (763) 658-4217 or waverlymn@gmail.com

Administration and Finance:

The City is continuing to operate its administrative and finance functions. Please contact City Hall with questions (763) 658-4217 during regular business hours Mon-Thurs 8am -5:30 pm and Friday 8am – noon.

Streets, Parks, Trails, Storm Water:

Waverly Public Works Department will continue to provide essential services. Please contact Waverly City Hall for matters related to these items: (763) 658-4217.

Village Hall and Legion Park Rentals

The City will not be able to rent either Village Hall or the Pavilion at Legion Park for any date until the government restriction on number allowed to gather is lifted. You can, however, inquire about rentals in May, June and later and should restrictions remain all deposits will be returned in full. Call Chris at City Hall (763) 658-4217 for information.

Use of the Council Meeting Room

Until further notice the Council Meeting Room will not be available for other than city/fire department meetings.

Council and Commission Meetings

The Waverly City Council will continue to meet in person (observing a six foot rule) until decided otherwise. If necessary the Council will meet by phone. Planning and Zoning will meet in March and make a decision about future meetings going forward. EDA will not meet until further notice, nor will the Parks Commission.

The Waverly Municipal Liquor Store

The Muni OFF Sale will remain open during the regular hours 9am-10pm. There is no plan at this time to shorten hours or to close. The ON Sale is closed until further notice.

We will update this information as necessary.

The Staff and Council will make every effort to provide services in a safe and reliable manner. Stay safe everyone and thank you for understanding.