Winnebago may be leading the way among area cities dealing with the effects of COVID-19.
With little discussion, City Council unanimously approved a coronavirus policy at their Tuesday night meeting.
City employees who have had to use vacation or comp time due to COVID-19 will get the hours reinstated.
“I don’t think anybody should lose their vacation, it wasn’t their fault,” says Councilman Rick Johnson.
Council members also agreed to pay employees, like some library staff, who may not be working or have had their hours reduced.
“I don’t think they should be penalized and should be paid,” says Councilman Paul Eisenmenger. “It shouldn’t create a hardship.”
Before the council approved the resolution, Johnson asked City Attorney David Frundt how Blue Earth has addressed the issue.
Frundt, who also serves as city attorney for Blue Earth, says he is not aware of any policy dealing with vacation or other types of compensation.
City officials did not say how many employees will benefit from the new policy.
While some City Hall staff may be working from home and the offices are closed, residents may still call (507) 893-3217 if they have any questions or concerns.