COVID-19 Update (3/15/20)

COVID-19 Update (3/15/20)
A message from City Administrator Eric Berlin:

The coronavirus landscape continues to change very rapidly. The City Management Team has developed a continuity of operations plan which includes a Level 1 and Level 2 response at both a citywide level, and a departmental level.

Level 1 involves a number of administrative measures, including substantial curtailment of non-essential services. Many employees will be asked to work from home. Any employees asked to work from home, or sent home and not able to work from home due to the nature of their job will, per the policy that I am proposing, continue to be paid as if they were working on their normal schedule.

Level 2 involves closing City Hall. While it is not our current intent to deploy the Level 2 response, some cities in our area have already closed their City Hall, and that time may come for us in short order. If we do deploy our Level 2 response, that will require us to change the way we currently do business in some ways. Our goal will be to protect the health and welfare of our employees and the general public, and to continue to supply quality services to our citizens to the greatest degree we are able.

Because of the nature of what we do – providing important and necessary services to the public – in many of our largest departments/divisions, we do not currently anticipate sending employees who provide essential services home unless they become ill or are exposed to the virus and could be a threat to their fellow employees and the public. These essential services include policing the City; protecting the City from fire and providing emergency medical service; providing clean water to our citizens; and keeping sanitary and storm sewer flowing. Due to the nature of what we all do, the City does not have the ability to simply close.

This is a challenging time for our community, our state, our nation, and the entire world. We are all trying to understand the best way to protect ourselves, our families, and the people we have pledged to serve.

We will send out more information tomorrow and the days to come on the City’s plan to continue to provide vital city services and protect our employees to the best of our ability. We ask that you to follow the CDC’s recommendations on how to best protect yourselves, your loved ones and our community.

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