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Posted on: March 19, 2020



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 16, 2020, there are thirty-five known cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota, including cases in Dakota 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 15, 2020 the World Health Organization Situation Report confirmed a total of 153,517 cases of COVID-19 in over 135 countries, including 5,735 deaths; and as of March 15, 2020 a total of 77 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Minnesota including 12 in Ramsey County; and

WHEREAS, COVID-19 has been identified by the World Health Organization as a pandemic, and the United 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 Town of White Bear 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 Town of White Bear and those who work in or travel through the Town, including Town 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 Town Board of Supervisors 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 Town Board of Supervisors and Town Clerk 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 Town of White Bear, and additional resources will be needed from Ramsey County and state and federal sources.


  1. That pursuant to the provisions of Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 12 The Town Board of Supervisors hereby declares that a local emergency exists within the Town of White Bear, effective March 16, 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 Ordinance 14 of the Town of White Bear
  2. Directs Town 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 Town of White Bear.
  3. Directs all Town departments and offices to operate and support the response to this incident, under the direction and coordination of the Emergency Management Team, including implementing new employee protocols, strategies, and processes to ensure that public services are maintained.
  4. Directs the Town Clerk and other appropriate Town staff to request and coordinate appropriate aid and resources from surrounding jurisdictions, Ramsey County, the State of Minnesota, and the Federal government, as needed.
  5. Declares, under Minnesota Statues, Section 13D.021, that in-person meetings of the Town Board, Planning Commission, and other advisory commissions of the Town of White Bear 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 Town Board, Planning Commission, and other advisory commissions of the Town shall be conducted by telephone or other electronic means, and hereby directs Town 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 Town Board, Planning Commission, and other advisory commission to resume in-person meetings.
  6. Appoints Ed M. Prudhon, Patrick Christopherson, Dale Reed and Chad Lemmons as the Town Emergency Management Team with all powers and authority set forth in Minnesota Statutes Chapter 12, and acts amendatory thereof.
  7. The provisions of this Resolution shall remain in full force and effect until rescinded by the Town Board of Supervisors. Orders that this resolution be given prompt and general publicity and that it be filed promptly by the Town Clerk.

Adopted this 16th day of March, 2020

By the White Bear Town Board

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