CITY OF ISLE MAYORAL PROCLAMATION AND DECLARATION OF EMERGENCY
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 21, 2020 the first case of COVID-19 was detected in the United States; on March 6, 2020 the first case of COVID-19 was detected in the State of Minnesota; and as of March 22, 2020, there are 169 known cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota, but no cases in Mille Lacs County; 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 and all necessary resources to be used in support of the COVID-19 response; and
WHEREAS, as of March 22, 2020 the World Health Organization Situation Report confirmed a total of 314,700 cases of COVID-19 in over 157 countries, including 13,543 deaths; and as of March 22, 2020 a total of 169 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Minnesota but none in Mille Lacs County; 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
WHEREAS, the City of Isle’s Emergency Management Team has been preparing for weeks, working 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 Isle and those who work in or travel through the City, including City employees; and the need for social distancing, school closings, and quarantine methods to stop the spread of COVID-19 is expected to cause significant challenges; and
WHEREAS, the Mayor, City Clerk and Emergency Management Director find 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, City Clerk and Emergency Management Director find that traditional sources of financial aid, assistance and relief will not be able to compensate for the potential impact of COVID-19, and have determined that the necessary resources to respond to and recover from this pandemic will exceed those resources available within the City of Isle, and additional resources will be needed from Mille Lacs County, and state and federal sources.
NOW, THEREFORE, MAYOR SCHULTZ OF THE CITY OF ISLE PROCLAIMS, DECLARES, REQUESTS, AND DIRECTS AS FOLLOWS:
- Under the authority given by Minnesota Statutes, Section 12.29, declares that a local emergency exists within the City of Isle, effective March 23rd, 2020, with all the powers and responsibilities attending thereto as provided by Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 12, and further proclaims that such emergency constitutes a declared emergency pursuant to Isle City Code Section 32.01.
- Directs City Staff to review ordinance and regulatory requirements, operations, civil and legal proceedings, events, and resources to determine whether the foregoing should be adjusted or suspended, and to make recommendations regarding additional emergency regulations to support the employees and residents of the City of Isle.
- Directs all City departments and offices to operate and support the response to this incident, under the direction and coordination of the Emergency Management Director and Emergency Management Team, including implementing new employee protocols, strategies, and processes to ensure that public services are maintained.
- Directs the City’s Emergency Management Director and other appropriate City staff to request and coordinate appropriate aid and resources from surrounding jurisdictions, Mille Lacs County, the State of Minnesota, and the Federal government, as needed.
- Declares, under Minnesota Statues, Section 13D.021, that in-person meetings of the City Council, Planning Commission, and other advisory commissions of the City of Isle are not practical or prudent due to the COVID-19 health pandemic and the peacetime emergency declared by Governor Walz pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 12, and hereby directs that meetings of the City Council, Planning Commission, and other advisory commissions of the City shall be conducted by telephone or other electronic means, and hereby directs City Staff to take such action as may be necessary to enable such meetings to occur via telephone or other electronic means pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Section 13D.021, until such time as it is no longer impractical or imprudent for the City Council, Planning Commission, and other advisory commission to resume in-person meetings.
- Requests that the City Council convene an emergency session at its earliest convenience to discuss the situation and this declaration. This emergency declaration shall continue for a period of three (3) days from its effective date of March 23rd, 2020, unless further extended by or with the consent of the City Council pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Section 12.29, subd. 1.
- Orders that this declaration be given prompt and general publicity and that it be filed promptly by the City Clerk.
Dated this 23rd day of March, 2020