Area Boards and Councils Finding Ways to Hold Meetings in a Time of Coronavirus

Area Boards and Councils Finding Ways to Hold Meetings in a Time of Coronavirus

Lee County Authorities have closed the New and Old Lee County Courthouses and they are currently working with a reduced staff.  Despite all of the rules and mandates such as Stay at Home and no gatherings of more than 10 people, local governments still have work to do.  This is causing many of them to turn to technology and be creative to meet the rules and still hold the meetings.

Lee County Board Chair John Nicholson said the no more than 10 order can cause a problem with a board of over 20 members.  The county has installed audio and video equipment so members can be at the meetings through technology and he is encouraging them to phone the meeting in.

Nicholson said they have also spoken with the Lee County State’s Attorney Charlie Boonstra.  The topic of their discussion concerned the open meetings act.  This acts says if any group of three or more members discuss county business, that has to be considered an official meeting with records being kept.  The county and the State’s Attorney’s office is working on ways to meet the acts guidelines, but see what rules can be relaxed under the current conditions.

Oregon City Council met recently, but, members attended through Zoom Online Services.  The Dixon City Council limited visitors and kept the 6 foot rule.