September 18, 2020 (Moscow, Idaho) -- The Moscow City Council will consider Resolutions to extend two existing resolutions at its regular meeting on Monday, September 21, at 7 p.m. The proposed resolutions to be considered are for the Amended Public Health Emergency Order 20-03 and Resolution 2020-11 Allowing Temporary Expansion into Main Street Right-of-Way. The Mayor and Council are requesting input from the community via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On July 6, 2020, the City Council approved Resolution 2020-12, accepting and extending Mayor Lambert's Amended Public Health Emergency Order 20-03, requiring face coverings (masks) when in a public setting and the 6-foot physical distancing cannot be maintained and maintain a 6-foot social/physical distancing from non-household members when in public settings within the City of Moscow. On August 3, 2020, the City Council approved Moscow City Council Agenda September 21, 2020, Page 3 of 3 Resolution 2020-17, authorizing the continued acceptance and extension of the Mayor's Amended Public Health Emergency Order 20-03. Resolution 2020-17 expires at 11:59 p.m. on October 6, 2020. The proposed Resolution extends Emergency Order 20-03 until January 5, 2021.
On June 1, 2020, City Council passed and approved Resolution 2020-11, authorizing the temporary suspension of specific sections of Moscow City Code Title 9, Chapter 12, Sidewalk Café Regulations. The temporary program provided eating and drinking establishments and other merchants located in the Central Business District to provide increased opportunities for social distancing in order to comply with the Stay Healthy Order issued by Idaho Governor Brad Little and the Director of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Dave Jeppeson, to aid in achieving compliance with the Business Protocols and Guidelines issued through Rebound Idaho. To date, the City Clerk has issued sixteen temporary expansion permits. Two businesses asked for the removal of their expansion because 10-minute pickup spaces located in front of their businesses were determined to be more valuable to them than extra seating. Because of the unseasonably warm weather that the region has been experiencing, it is anticipated that the current holders of expanded sidewalk café permits will want to extend the date of Resolution 2020-11 beyond the scheduled termination date of Sunday, October 4, 2020. In order to accommodate that extension, and to allow for the flexibility, staff has prepared the attached draft Resolution which extends the date of termination to December 1, 2020, unless terminated earlier administratively by the City Supervisor, as a result of safety concerns as a result of climate and weather conditions (including snow and ice conditions), after consultation with City staff charged with maintaining the public right-of-way.
The Mayor has the authority to issue Public Health Emergency Orders by virtue of the Constitution and laws of the State of Idaho, Moscow City Code Title 1-11-05(B), and the common-law authority to protect the public in the event of an emergency.
Story Contact: Gary J. Riedner, City Supervisor