While City Hall may be closed to the public, the work of the City continues, and so Morris City Manager Blaine Hill told the KMRS Community Connection that no layoffs of city employees are planned at this time. Some employees are working more from their home, such as the city’s sustainability coordinator, or the person who transcribes documents for the police department. Other employees remain busy with other jobs to get done, even if they normally spend their days serving the public.
“The Public Library is closed but there are things that they are doing in there, employees are doing within the library,” Hill noted. “And they do a lot of stuff online with the library, as far as working back and forth with the Viking Library System. And so, at this point, we haven’t decided that anybody needs to be laid off.”
This was even true, Hill said, for Morris Transit, which has seen a 75 percent reduction in ridership in recent weeks. For upcoming elections, Hill did note that the City could easily go to a mail-in ballot system, if needed.