Aberdeen City Council to vote on ordinance Wednesday

ABERDEEN, S.D. (aberdeennews.com) – The Aberdeen City Council will decide Wednesday which emergency ordinance it will approve to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The special meeting is at 5:30 p.m. at city hall.

One of the proposed ordinances was set for a hearing Monday, but was tabled.

The council has already approved first reading of an ordinance would limit public gatherings of 10 people or more and require a 6-foot separation of people at some businesses. It could get final approval.

The council will also debate an ordinance that would prohibit dine-in services at places like bars and restaurants. First reading on it set for Monday was delayed.

Take-out, delivery, curbside and drive-thru services would be allowed under either ordinance.

The delay was because of a bill state legislators were considering into Monday evening. It would give cities, counties and community improvement districts the ability to approve an emergency ordinance after one reading instead of the two now required.

Legislators had not voted on the bill at the time of the city meeting. It included an emergency clause, so would go into effect immediately if approved.

With it, either city ordinance could be in effect after Wednesday’s meeting, said Councilman Josh Rife.

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