To comply with Gov. Bill Lee’s coronavirus-related order to limit exposure, the Morristown City Council on Tuesday conducted its first remote meeting.
“City staff has researched a variety of conference-call platforms and reviewed with other municipalities have used,” said Morristown City Administrator Tony Cox. “Based on the problems seen in our neighboring communities, we are opting to simplify as much as possible in order to best meet the requirements of the meeting under state guidelines.”
The software city government selected records video and audio, but does not provide for live streaming.
The April 21 council meeting will also be conducted remotely. After that, city officials will make the live-streaming on a meeting-by-meeting basis.
Councilmembers participated in the meeting from their homes. The city administrator, the assistant city administrators and others who viewed the meeting were in different rooms. Under state law, everyone who saw the meeting – including councilmembers family members – had to identify themselves.
To maintain an accurate record of the meeting, all decisions were made by individual roll-call votes in which councilmembers identified themselves. Councilmembers also identified themselves when making or seconding a motion. Business flowed seamlessly.
“With more familiarity with the technology as things progress, other means of conducting electronic meetings may occur,” Cox said. “We will adhere to any updates in state guidelines as directed. Thank you for your patience during this uncertain time.”