The Berea City Council began practicing their teleconferencing technique Tuesday night, as they approved an emergency ordinance which outlined the specifics thereof during a special called meeting.
One-by-one each council member appeared from the neck-up in their homes in little squares resembling the Brady Bunch theme song on their computers via a Facebook Live feed to unanimously approve Emergency Ordinance 08-20.
After rapid response to the novel coronavirus outbreak, Berea Mayor Bruce Fraley cancelled their regularly scheduled meeting slated for March 17 until specifics could be determine in proper ways to proceed conducting meetings virtually as opposed to in-person.
Ordinance 08-20 states that because the council's meetings exceed 10 persons with necessary officials, they would be breaking state and federal mandates holding in person meetings, and prohibits doing so.
This applies to any and all board, commissions or public meetings held by the city of Berea, according to City Attorney J.T. Gilbert who read aloud the document.
He stated because of the emergency classification of the document, the mayor would have to certify meetings per safety guidelines before they can be held and broadcast.
If a video conference is interrupted for whatever reason making it unable to be viewed by the public, the council must cease all actions and discussions until full functionality is restored to the feed.
However, if a council persons' feed is interrupted, the meeting can continue after a reasonable effort has been made to fix the issue and as long as a quorum is still present.
Until restrictions are lifted regarding group gathering of 10 or more, all meetings will be executed in this fashion.
The next Berea City Council meeting is scheduled for April 7, 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held by video teleconference, and the public may access the meeting through the city's Facebook page, www.facebook.com/bereakygov/.
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