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City of Minot buildings reopened to members of the public, but some restrictions remain in place as the organization adjusts to continuing COVID-19 concerns.
Employees who had been working remotely have begun to return to their offices, and that process will continue.
The City Council meeting held June 15 was open to a limited number of visitors, with council chambers arranged to accommodate proper social distancing recommendations. Council meetings can always be viewed on the City of Minot’s Facebook page, on the City’s Youtube channel, and on local cable channel 19. Comments can also be submitted through an online portal at minotnd.org.
The Minot Police Department building and the Minot Fire Department’s four stations remain closed to the public, but officers and firefighters are responding to all calls as normal.
The Minot Public Library reopened on June 8 with limited hours and services. The library will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. The first hour of each day will be reserved for at-risk patrons. Patrons under the age of 16 are welcome from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., but must be accompanied by an adult at all times. You can find more information about the Library at minotlibrary.org.
Mayor Shaun Sipma said City employees have worked well together in adapting to the changing guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic, and thanked employees who have been working from home and making other changes to their normal day-to-day operations.
“I’m very proud of what I saw. There has been an extraordinary amount of work that went into City operations, especially the building maintenance folks that went through and cleaned the buildings in preparation to reopen,” Sipma said at a recent City Council meeting. “There was a lot of work with the Police Department and the Fire Department and others to make the transition to close the buildings, and then again to reopen them.”
Sipma said the City will compile all relevant information that employees have gathered during the pandemic to create an after-action review. “We have learned a lot, and we are going to document all of this to help beef up our emergency management plans for the future,” he said.