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Government Shutdown Would Force City of Richfield to Lay-Off 10 Staff Members

With the possibility of a government shutdown, Richfield's city manager outlines the possible local impacts.

With the possibility of a inching closer as a result of legislators being unable to approve its budget, many may be wondering what impacts the shutdown would have on the City of Richfield.

The truth is that many of the services the city provides to its residents are dependent on the ongoing support of the state, according to Richfield City Manager .

“One of the most significant of those services is the City Deputy Registrar function, where it will not be possible to issue motor vehicle licenses if the State operations are shut down,” Devich stated in a memorandum to the . “Moreover, staff expects to get many additional phone calls and visits from people who are dependent on State subsidy payments for food, shelter and medical services.”

From officers being unable to access criminal history information to the delay of the Nicollet Avenue bridge project, a state government shutdown would impact nearly every area of the city in some way. In addition, Devich also stated he would have to let 10 city staff go until further notice.

While it’s important to note that many possible impacts are minor in nature, others will require the city to rely on financial reserves and cause the temporary reduction in city staff.

Other possible impacts include:

  • The inability for the city’s support services, licensing and environmental health departments to run criminal background checks for gun purchases, liquor dispensers, pawnbroker applications, firearms dealers and more.
  • Public safety may not receive 911 calls if the state patrol dispatch is down.
  • Police officers would not be able to enter missing person information.
  • Environmental reviews would be delayed and possibly affect several proposed and pending redevelopment projects such as the and projects.

Richfield Patch will continue to follow this issue and report as more information becomes available. To see Devich’s full memorandum, see the attached PDF.

Mary Barnes June 27, 2011 at 06:44 AM
and M. Bachmann, answer me this, where is Rock county? Some monkey will have to hand her a map :)
Mike McLean June 27, 2011 at 12:30 PM
Mary - I am pretty sure that it is somewhere on one of Obama's "57" States...... |:<))
Mary Barnes June 28, 2011 at 02:35 AM
Nope, Minn-e- soda, not IOWA. did you know that she said J0hn Wayne lived there? (Waterloo, Iowa) John Wayne, the killer, not the actor. Too funny.
Mary Barnes June 28, 2011 at 02:40 AM
How many states? Can you believe the nut mayor from Chicago? that just tells me, that anyone can get elected, even a mobster. Where is Chicago. CA., where there are many homeless veterens, because, CA, decided that the VA hospital should be a golf course, for the rich. Someone, anyone, when did the US fall into the ocean, because clearly, something is wrong. Maybe we need a Chinese or Japanese President, now that would get them talking. Maybe a Czech, we are hard working, and we will tell it like it is.
Mary Barnes June 28, 2011 at 02:44 AM
Veterans. small schools, Bloomington, I love you dearly, but I fell through the cracks. Hmm. but I think I turned out just fine. I can grow veggies, and cook, and mow my own lawn, and I can find my way to the grocery store, with my lights on in the rain :) Incase, you do not follow, my train of thought, just think about it. dumber than a box of rocks. That would be the T party.

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