The Menahga City Council held an emergency meeting Tuesday, unanimously agreeing that the city administrator and the mayor would jointly decide when it was appropriate for the city to launch it’s “full response” to the pandemic.

“Doesn’t this seem like a horror movie?” asked council member Karol Andreasen.

City Administrator Curt Kreklau presented a summary of Menahga’s pandemic plan, along with the League of Minnesota Cities’ pandemic planning guide. He said they were presently in the “intermediate to full response” phase of the plan.

The city's emergency services – police and fire departments – are operating as usual.

Northbound Spirit’s off-sale was still open, and Kreklau said that he and liquor store manager Renata Parks believe they can keep full-time staff busy for the next two weeks with spring cleaning and some repairs/improvements.

The council formally made the city administrator the official media liaison, with the deputy clerk as the second contact.

Council member Tim Ellingson recommended giving Kreklau authority to send ill employees home. The council concurred, passing a motion to implement daily temperature checks of all city employees as well. Both the administrator and the deputy clerk may send a sick employee home.

“Just keep praying for this country,” said Mayor Joan Liimatta.

She mentioned that she held a birthday party for her 94-year-old mother at Greenwood Connections, in a training room in Woodside Manor, on March 14.

On March 21, Liimatta contacted the Enterprise to clarify, "We entered the building by using the door next to the elevator, by the garages. We never set foot in the nursing home. Mother was brought to the training room by a nurse, who wore a mask. Same nurse picked mother up when I called for her to do so. "

Liimatta said she also wore a mask. She added that she has been to a clinic twice due a forthcoming knee surgery. "Both times they took my vitals, including temperature. I am not sick and haven't been sick for nearly three years. Not so much as a sniffle. I don't feel we violated any rules, but at this point, wish I would have insisted on taking mother to my brother's."

On Wednesday, Menahga City Hall was closed to the public. Meetings with Menahga city staff are by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, or for any other questions, call 564-4557.

Utility payments should be made in the dropbox at city hall’s main entrance.

Residents are urged to use the drop box at the front of Menahga City Hall.
Residents are urged to use the drop box at the front of Menahga City Hall.Shannon Geisen/Enterprise

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