Proceedings_City of Hot Springs April 27, 2020

Proceedings

Unofficial Minutes of the Special Meeting of the
City Council of the City of Hot Springs
April 27, 2020
A special meeting of the City Council of the City of Hot Springs, South Dakota, was convened on April 27, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. at the Mueller Civic Center with Mayor George Kotti presiding
Members Present: David Burris, Ray Ecoffey, Bill Lukens, Bob Nelson, Ron Richards, Alison Ritterbush, Craig Romey and Caitlin Turner
Staff Present: City Administrator John Gregory, Finance Officer Misty Summers-Walton, MCC Staff Chris Kattke and Media Coordinator Justin Gausman
All actions recorded in these minutes were by unanimous vote unless otherwise stated.
Agenda: Moved by Ritterbush, seconded by Richards, to approve the agenda
Moved by Romey, seconded by Turner, to waive council pay for special meeting
Councilman Lukens, Public Safety Chair, provided a summary of the reason for the special meeting. The proposed resolution is being presented primarily to allow for the on-site consumption of food and beverages so long as appropriate social distancing measures recommended by CDC are maintained. Statistics regarding testing shows 40 negative tests in Fall River County with only 1 positive case which has fully recovered. Fall River Health Services was contacted today by the Mayor and they support the Resolution and reminded everyone to follow safe hygiene practices.
Communications from the Public: Casey Cook, addressed the council and stated he appreciates and whole heartedly supports the council and their actions. He indicated that real injustices were done with decisions regarding what businesses had to close and which ones were allowed stay open. With summer coming and the real financial challenges we are facing, we need to get as much revenue as we can. Looking around town it is obvious that people are doing what is expected so it’s time to open up the town to get some money going.
Councilman Craig Romey wanted to personally thank Gina King and others who are making masks for members of the community.
Resolution: Moved by Lukens, seconded by Burris, to approve resolution 2020-15 The First Resolution amending Ordinance 1212 as part of the City of Hot Springs, South Dakota response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus. Comments and questions were heard from Councilman Richards, Lukens and Nelson. A roll call vote was taken with all members voting in favor.
Resolution 2020-15
THE FIRST RESOLUTION AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 1212, AS PART OF THE CITY OF HOT SPRINGS, SOUTH DAKOTA RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS
WHEREAS, the City of Hot Springs, pursuant to SDCL §9-19-3 may amend and revise ordinances as may be necessary; and
WHEREAS, the City of Hot Springs previously adopted Ordinance 1212 as an emergency response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus; and
WHEREAS, Ordinance NO. 1212 specifically states that while Ordinance 1212 is in effect, it may be amended, suspended, reinstated, or repealed by a resolution of the Hot Springs City Council; and
WHEREAS, Executive Order 2020-12 declared South Dakota to be in a State of Emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic; and
WHEREAS, The community of Hot Springs consistently joins together in times of crisis, with the objective to confront, with compassion, the potential impact of the COVID-19 outbreak upon our community; and
WHEREAS, The City Council of the City of Hot Springs resolves to align with the Governors Executive Order 2020-12, specifically paragraphs 11 and 12 and will revise Ordinance 1212 paragraphs 1-5.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF HOT SPRINGS, that Ordinance 1212, An emergency ordinance to address a public health crisis by implementing certain measures which have been deemed necessary to slow the community spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) be amended as follows;
1. At 6:00 am, April 28, 2020, all restaurants, food courts, coffee houses, bars, breweries, clubs, cafes and other similar places of public accommodation offering food and beverages for on-site consumption, including any alcohol licensees with on-sale privileges, may open to on-site/on-sale patrons. They shall suspend or modify business practices as recommended by CDC guidance when ten (10) or more people, to include employees, are in an enclosed space where physical separation of at least six feet is not possible. These businesses shall consider offering business models that do not involve public gatherings including take-out, delivery, curb-side service, drive-thru, off-site service, social distancing models, or other innovative business practices that do not involve public gatherings in an enclosed space. Any business continuing to operate in order to provide off-site service shall implement procedures to ensure social distancing and operate in compliance with federal and state health guidance in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
2. At 6:00 a.m., April 28, 2020, all churches, recreational facilities, public pools, health clubs, athletic facilities and theaters, including movie theaters and music or entertainment venues shall suspend or modify their business practices as recommended by CDC guidance when ten (10) or more people, to include employees, are in an enclosed space where physical separation of at least six feet is not possible. Consumption of food or beverages in conjunction with the operation and under the conditions of paragraph #1 is allowed.
3. At 6:00 a.m., April 28, 2020, all cigar bars, vaping lounges or other similar businesses that allow for on-site consumption shall suspend or modify their business practices as recommended by CDC guidance when ten (10) or more people, to include employees, are in an enclosed space where physical separation of at least six feet is not possible. Consumption of products in conjunction with the operation and under the conditions of paragraph #1 is allowed.
4. At 6:00 a.m., April 28, 2020, all arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, casinos, and other similar recreational or entertainment facilities shall suspend or modify their business practices as recommended by CDC guidance when ten (10) or more people, to include employees, are in an enclosed space where physical separation of at least six feet is not possible. Consumption of food or beverages in conjunction with the operation and under the conditions of paragraph #1 is allowed.
5. At 6:00 a.m., April 28, 2020, all other retail and service businesses shall suspend or modify their business practices as recommended by CDC guidance when ten (10) or more people, to include employees, are in an enclosed space where physical separation of at least six feet is not possible. Consumption of food or beverages in conjunction with the operation and under the conditions of paragraph #1 is allowed.
 BE IT FUTHER RESOLVED, that, pursuant to SDCL §9-19-13, this resolution is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, safety, and welfare of the City shall become effective immediately upon passage.
Dated this 27th day of April 2020
Approved:
George Kotti, Mayor
Attest:
Misty Summers-Walton Finance Officer
Being no further business to come before the Council, moved by Romey, seconded by Turner, to adjourn at 6:21 p.m.
Approved:     
George Kotti, Mayor
Attest:
Misty Summers-Walton, Finance Officer
Published once at the total approximate cost of $86.31
Published: May 7, 2020

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