Emergency Regulation No. 2020-9
Whereas, on March 16, 2020, I declared a local public health emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic in the City of Minneapolis and assumed executive responsibilities attendant thereto; and
Whereas, pursuant to the authority granted to me pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Ch. 12.29, and Minneapolis Code of Ordinances, Sections 128.50 and 128.60, I am authorized to promulgate emergency regulations to protect the public health, safety, and welfare during this declared emergency; and
Whereas, it is a priority that race and equity be of paramount consideration in enacting and carrying out emergency regulations during the COVID-19 pandemic; and
Whereas, on March 17, 2020, I promulgated Emergency Regulation No. 2020-2, which authorized the expedited procurement of goods and services in connection with the declared local public health emergency; and
Whereas, it is imperative at this time to extend such expedited authority to a broader array of actions necessary to respond to the declared emergency.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Jacob Frey, Mayor of the City of Minneapolis, do hereby order the following emergency regulation:
The City of Minneapolis Finance and Property Services department (the “Department”) is hereby authorized to enter into contracts and incur obligations necessary to respond to the conditions related to the Local Public Health Emergency declared on March 16, 2020 (the “Emergency”), by protecting the health and safety of persons and property and by providing emergency assistance to the victims of the Emergency, without compliance with time-consuming procedures and formalities ordinarily required by the laws of the State of Minnesota or City of Minneapolis, including but not limited to provisions relating to low bids, cooperative contracts, obtaining multiple quotes, and requests for proposals, when in the opinion of the head of the Department it is in the best interests of the City and for good value:
- enter into contracts;
- incur obligations;
- obtain professional services;
- rent equipment; and
- purchase supplies and materials.
The Department shall consult with the Civil Rights Department on all contracts and obligations over $50,000.
The Department shall regularly report all such actions taken pursuant to this Regulation to the Mayor and the City Council. This authorization expires when the Emergency terminates, lapses, or otherwise concludes.
March 29, 2020