Due to the coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic, federal, state, and county guidelines led the mayor and city council to conduct the April 9 meeting virtually. Instead of meeting in-person at the council chamber in city hall, everyone was connected via video and audio from separate locations. The meeting lasted 44 minutes.
Two “old business” bills were on the agenda, as were 10 new resolutions requiring attention from the council. The two bills are covered separately in Mid Rivers Newsmagazine.
During the meeting, City Administrator Mike Snowden briefly covered actions by city staff to continue doing city business but doing so in ways to protect the health of city employees and the public. Actions to keep everyone safe include:
- City of O’Fallon-operated public buildings, including the O’Fallon Municipal Centre [City Hall], the Justice Center’s Records and Courts offices, Renaud Center and Parks offices are closed to the public. Snowden said that unfortunately that includes park playground equipment, bathrooms, and drinking fountains.
- About 130 city employees are working from home.
- All managers and staff who must be in city hall are screened each day upon entry, following guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control [CDC] and the St. Charles County Health Department. When in the building, they will follow
CDCand Health Department protocols.
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irectorsparticipate in a daily virtual meeting to ensure all city business is addressed.
- Snowden participates in a daily conference call with the all city administrators in St. Charles County, to stay aware of updates from and actions being taken by other cities.
- The city took advantage of an opportunity to do an emergency purchase a quantity of surgical masks at reasonably prices, to be used to replenish dwindling supplies used by O’Fallon police officers, and by city staff who must be anywhere near the public.
- City employees have formed a task force to address mental health and resiliency issues, in the face of stress and pressures caused by the pandemic. Their goals are to help all city employees and the public.