Mayor Mike Bawden issued an executive order today changing the ground rules for public meetings to be held at City Hall for the foreseeable future. According to the executive order:
• Public meetings should be held, whenever possible, in a hybrid fashion with the chair of the meeting present in the Community Room at City Hall along with up to fourteen other participants (committee/commission members, Council Members, residents, guests, consultants, etc.) and the balance of those attending the meeting, doing so online through the Virtual Community Room feature found on the City’s website.
• In-person attendance at meetings cannot exceed fifteen people. If more than fifteen people come to the meeting, those who arrive after the fifteenth person will be asked to leave the building and attend online.
• All meetings should be recorded so accurate meeting minutes can be constructed for the public record.
• All in-person, meeting attendees are required to wear a face mask. It is not the City’s responsibility to provide face masks. If a person does not have a face mask or refuses to wear one, they are required to leave the building.
The order will remain in effect until the number of new COVID-19 cases in Scott County has returned to its pre-summer spike level (a total of 50 or fewer cases over a two week period). The county is currently seeing a 14-day rolling total of 216 to 244 cases through the first week of August, although that number has fallen since mid-July.
An announcement of changes to or the termination of this executive order will be posted to City Hall and the website when it occurs.