City of North Mankato
Planned Adjustments for City Services in Response to COVID-19
Effective March 15th – Until Lifted
- The Taylor Library will be closing effective March 16th, 2020 at 5:00pm until March 27th in alignment with the latest guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Health on school closure and spring break extensions. This includes all Bookmobile operations. Staff will continue to report to work. Residents are encouraged to keep their checked-out items and return them when the library resumes operations. Electronic material is still accessible and residents are encouraged to utilize digital resources via the city’s website.
- The Community Development department will suspend inspections on rental licenses grandfathered in with code changes in 2005 through a joint operation with the North Mankato Volunteer Fire Department. These inspections will resume at a later date. Inspections for new rental licenses, strikes on existing licenses, and safety complaints will continue to be conducted. Building Inspectors will also be ask whether or not residents are exhibiting symptoms of the Coronavirus prior to visiting homes for general inspections.
- The upcoming Public Engagement meeting regarding a tree buffer on Highway 14 that is scheduled for Monday, March 23, 2020, at 6:00pm at Fire Station #2 will be canceled until further notice.
- The Public Works department will postpone water shut-offs because handwashing and sanitation is recommended to combat the spread of COVID 19. Delinquent customers will continue to receive notice of late payment.
- The Finance department and Police Department may begin staggering work schedules and utilizing telework capabilities as a back-up for those who will be taking leave for childcare or other healthcare reasons.
“All city staff in both emergency and non-emergency roles are prepared to continue providing city services to residents until the threat from COVID-19 is resolved,” says John Harrenstein, City Administrator for the City of North Mankato. “Public Works, Public Safety, Community Development, Recreation, and Administration continue to provide essential day to day municipal services needed by residents. Tactics to deploy those services and hours of operation for facilities may change, but the entire staff is organized and motivated to assure continued of services is secured. “