The St. Cloud City Council can’t meet in their chambers, thanks to the CDC’s social distance guidelines.

But, yesterday was the second Thursday of the month, and city business continues. So the Council met remotely via Zoom, and accomplished things that will help its citizens.

The Council continued a handful of zoning and development ordinances to April 23 to focus on using revenues certified from prior year fund balances and or current revenues available in the budget for additional projects and programs. It makes money available for things like the ice pigging operations the city is using to clean residential water lines. St. Cloud contracted with SUEZ Water & Waste Management Services to clean 30 miles of pipes, and extended the contract beyond March to do another 15 miles.

City Manager Bill Sturgeon said he’s looking into purchasing one of Suez’s ice pigging trucks in order for the city to be able to run the process when it wants to instead of entering into a contract with a company like Suez.

“I think it’d be a good investment,” Sturgeon said.

The city will use money from the Community Agency Reserve Funds to make a $15,000 donation to the St. Cloud Community Pantry, in order to help keep it stocked as requests for donated food have skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic.