Mayor Tests Positive for COVID-19, City Council Meeting Postponed
Written by Mark Chreene on July 6, 2020
The Minden City Council meeting scheduled for this evening has been postponed. An email sent to media outlets this morning from City Hall stated “Mayor Terry L. Gardner, mayor of the City of Minden, tested positive for the COVID-19 virus on Sunday morning, July 5, 2020. Fortunately, he has been diagnosed with a mild case and is in good spirits. As a precautionary measure, Minden City Hall was completely sanitized on Sunday afternoon.”
Gardner informed the council via email prior to the media release that the meeting would be postponed and rescheduled for a later date.
One of the items on the agenda was to elect a mayor Pro Tempore for the remainder of 2020 due to resignation of former councilman Herbert Taylor in March. The council has not met in a regular meeting since March, due to absences of Vincen Bradford and Terika Walker. The appointing of a Mayor Pro Tempore was on the agenda for each of the meetings that were not held due to lack of quorum. Had a Mayor Pro Tempore been approved, the meeting would have been able to be held as scheduled.
According to the email, Gardner will be tested again on Friday. If the test comes back negative, Gardner will be able to resume duties in office next week.