St. Lawrence County legislature holding in-person full board meeting July 6, members may participate via Zoom
BY ANDY GARDNER
North Country This Week
The county Board of Legislators will return to in-person meetings starting with their Monday, July 6 meeting.
It will also be streamed live on YouTube.Legislators at their June 29 Finance Committee meeting debated if they themselves should appear in the boardroom, or continue to meet over Zoom and stream that to the public on YouTube. They decided that it would be up to each legislator’s discretion. Those who want to stay home and participate via Zoom will be able to do so.
Kelly Pearson, the legislative clerk, said the public will be able to attend and observe the meeting in person, if they choose. There will be a limit of 50 people in the room, and attendees must be seated at least six feet apart. If more than 50 people attend, there will be a television set up in an adjoining hallway where members of the public can watch the live broadcast. Citizens will also be able to go to the county webpage when the meeting starts and find a link to watch the proceedings live from a computer or mobile device.
Committee Chairman Kevin Acres, R-Madrid, said they “certainly don’t want to force [any legislators] to come.”
“I think if we’re able to accommodate the folks that would feel more comfortable via Zoom, that sounds like a good compromise. If we’re able to do it, I think we should,” said Legislator Larry Denesha, R-DeKalb.
County Administrator Ruth Doyle said there will be no additional cost to the county to continue offering the Zoom option. She said department heads also will be able to choose between attending the physical July 6, meeting or participating remotely through Zoom.
County Attorney Steve Button said as long as those in attendance are six feet apart or farther, masks should not be required to sit in the boardroom.
He said that the current governor’s executive orders “indicate you are required to wear a mask where social distancing is impossible or impractical.”
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