7/2/2020 3:27:00 PM COVID-19 plan adopted for city sites
and negotiation continues on land sale
Stacy City Council met June 23 for a special meeting. The meeting was held by teleconference due to the COVID restrictions. All members were present. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss a COVID-19 preparedness plan and to take care of a few items such as permitting outdoor customer service areas and a potential utility rate increase.
The council reviewed city attorney James Monge’s statement regarding masks being worn by city employees. Monge wrote "The Stay Safe MN General Industry Guidance is that face coverings be required for employees.” Mayor Mark Utecht said the manager of Wine & Spirits said if masks are required, he may lose some employees; they have been open all through the epidemic and no masks have been worn.
Council members Dennis Thieling, Mark Ness, Tony Olivolo, and Paul Authier said if the attorney said they have to be worn then the city needs to require them.
A motion by council member Ness to approve the COVID-19 Preparedness Plan as the City Attorney advised; the Social Distance section for the Off-Sale, amended as follows: "Signs will be posted to maintain six-feet between customers. Masks and gloves will be provided for employees. Employees will be required to wear a mask during their shift. Customers can bring their own masks."
The motion passed 4-1 with Mayor Utecht voting against.
Ness then made a motion to approve a resolution to temporarily permit outdoor customer service areas and outdoor liquor sales “during a peacetime emergency;” as presented. The motion passed unanimously.
Next a motion by Ness to postpone a utility rate increase until 60 days after the Governor’s shelter in place order is removed. The motion passed unanimously. At this time, it is unclear if the stay at home order has been lifted; they are now calling it safe at home.
The city received a letter of intent to purchase two lots in the Stacy Ponds Business Park, the company is M & B Services, LLC, they are a water and sewer excavation company.
The owner Mike Boston, said his company would pay the broker fee; they offered less for the lot due to the easement between the parcels. The council said this easement can be reviewed.
Motion by Thieling to counter offer the purchase price at $1.12 per square foot and the buyer pays the broker fee. The motion passed. The city will counter offer and wait for a response.