Several members of the public attended the December 21 Minden City Council meeting to have their opinions heard as the council considered approving an emergency ordinance for a mask mandate. Mayor Ted Griess provided background information regarding the agenda item.
The Board of Health met in November to discuss the possibility of suggesting a mask mandate be issued by the City Council. There was no consensus at that time, but the board determined more information needed to be gathered about the local status and impact of the coronavirus. Local public health officials shared their experience and knowledge of the topic during the December 7 City Council meeting. On December 18, the Board of Health met once again and voted unanimously to recommend the City Council approve a mask mandate.
Griess stated the matter has been discussed for one month now and council members have heard from public health officials as well as their constituents. Because he believes the council has already come to a conclusion about how they will vote, no comments would be taken on the agenda item unless a motion was made and seconded to approve the proposed mandate. In the event a motion is made and seconded, the floor will be opened to council and public comment before a vote was called. If comments were heard, he asked for civility and decorum.
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