Approval of Extension of Closure of Indoor Recreation Facilities and Staff Furloughs
On June 9, 2020, City Council approved the FY 2021 City Budget which included many reductions in services due to the impact of the COVID pandemic on city revenues and to the Governor’s Public Health Orders restricting in person gatherings. As part of the FY 2021 budget, Council approved the closure of the following indoor recreation facilities: Larry Brian Mitchell, Harold Runnels, Aquatic Center, El Morro Theatre and Events Center, Cecil Garcia Fitness Center and Red Rock Park Convention Center and Arena through September 30, 2020. This action also included a furlough of fifty four full time, part-time and seasonal positions through September 30, 2020. (see attached list). Because we do not know when indoor recreation facilities will be allowed to reopen under the Governor’s Public Health Order, staff is recommending that, in order to provide furloughed staff with appropriate notice, the furlough of recreation facility staff be extended to October 31, 2020, and the recreation facilities remain closed through this period. While no one can predict the course of the COVID pandemic, recent discussions with the Governor’s Office have indicated that no change is anticipated on the restrictions for indoor recreation for the next month. Should the Governor’s Public Health Order permit the reopening of indoor recreation facilities, staff will recommend to the Council that the furlough be ended with proper notice to the affected staff.
Approve extension of the furlough of indoor recreation facility staff positions through October 31, 2020 and the continued closure of Larry Brian Mitchell, Harold Runnels, Aquatic Center, El Morro Theatre and Events Center, Cecil Garcia Fitness Center and Red Rock Park Convention Center and Arena through October 31, 2020, pending future changes in the Governor’s Public Health Order.
- Fiscal Impact:
- Approximately $53,000 per month in reduction of expenditures for staffing
- See recommendation in the summary.
- Speaker's Name
- Maryann Ustick