The city of Superior is meeting virtually for the foreseeable future.
While city officials have had an option to log-in through Google Meet or call into meetings since the start of pandemic, the City Council held its first all-virtual meeting Tuesday, Nov. 17.
Some councilors have attended meetings virtually, but most meetings have been held in person with online and teleconferencing options for the public.
With the rise in the number of positive cases of COVID-19 in Douglas County and the governor’s recent executive order recommending people take action to curb the spread of the disease, Mayor Jim Paine sent the council and department heads an email Monday recommending all meetings be held virtually “for at least a few weeks.”
Paine said meeting rooms would still be open to administer and record meetings, and committee chairpersons will still decide the format for their meetings, but he is asking staff to attend virtually. He encouraged committee chairpersons to contact his office or the information technology department for assistance.
“While we haven’t gone fully virtual yet, we’ve all participated in virtual meetings at this point, and I think it’s gone fairly well,” Paine wrote.
When asked about how long the virtual meetings would last, Paine said the city's state of emergency goes until the end of the year. Holding virtual meetings beyond that point would require updates to city ordinances
“That’s something we’re going to be working on,” Paine said.
Councilors are encouraged to contact the mayor’s office with ideas to make the meetings go smoother and engage with the public, Paine said.