At its March 23rd Meeting, the Wildwood City Council voted to institute an Emergency Resolution allowing the City Administrator and Mayor to take necessary measures for the health and safety of residents and wellbeing of businesses.
Underscoring the need for extraordinary measures, the meeting Monday night was conducted with some council members joining the meeting via video.
Resolution # 2020-11 brought into alignment Wildwood's emergency operations with St. Louis County's State of Emergency Executive Order of March 9, 2020.
The resolution reaffirmed that council members may be able to meet via video, set certain meeting guidelines for public meetings and authorized the Mayor and City administrator to act on behalf of the City to "protect the health, safety and welfare of the residents and businesses of the City."
The resolution was approved by a vote of 11-4.
Council Members Kevin Dillard (Ward 3) , Tim Woerther, Cheryl Jordan (Ward 6), and Niles Stephens (Ward 8) voting against the measure. Dillard, Jordan and Woerther (Ward 7) have been stalwart critics of Mayor Bowlin and supporters of Stephens campaign for mayor.
Council member Joe Garritano (Ward 8) stated that, "the resolution puts the City's emergency response in alignment with the County's emergency order, and without it the Mayor and the City Administrator may not be able to make important decisions regarding health and safety in a timely fashion ."
Garritano also said that "it is a shame that a small minority of council members could not see the necessity of passing a measure to protect the health and safety of our residents and the well being of our businesses during this pandemic."
A pdf of the resolution may be found at this link.