The White Bear Township board proclaimed a local health emergency at its March 16 meeting, as the coronavirus continues to spread throughout Minnesota. After considerable discussion, the board also moved to appoint an emergency management team consisting of Public Works Director Dale Reed, Clerk Pat Christopherson, Attorney Chad Lemmons and Board Chair Ed Prudhon.

All township meetings have been postponed until April.

Christopherson said he had been in touch with the city of Roseville’s IT department about how township employees can work remotely. Only one employee does not have internet or Wi-Fi access.

Lemmons noted that township board meetings could be held over the telephone. However, to stay in compliance with Minnesota’s Open Meeting law, one member of the town board or the town’s chief legal officer must be present at the township offices to conduct the meeting.

In other matters, the board tabled a vote for approval of the creation of a new subdivision at the old White Bear Stables at 5660 Portland Ave. The item was tabled so that the township’s Economic Development Authority could weigh in on the plans first.

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