Vanderhoof council chambers. (Aman Parhar/Omineca Express)

Vanderhoof council chambers. (Aman Parhar/Omineca Express)

District spent $25K upgrading council chambers to meet pandemic guidelines

No information was provided by the CAO in regard to whether the municipality will broadcast their meetings via audio or video as a result of this upgrade.

The district has recently spent $25,000 in renovating council chambers, but little information is available on the specifics, including whether municipal staff will be providing an audio or video feed of public meetings to citizens of Vanderhoof.

READ MORE: District of Vanderhoof upgrading council chambers

In an email statement to Express questions on Aug. 14, Lori Egli, Chief Administrative Officer said the district has invested that money to assist council with meeting new COVID-19 guidelines, which require staff to follow social distancing guidelines issued by the province.

She said the funds have allowed for “space and technology” for staff, council and public, to meet in-person while following those provincial guidelines.

No information was provided by Egli in regard to whether audio or video broadcast of public meetings is being considered as a result of the upgrade.

READ MORE: District working on audio options for public meetings of council

On the July 13 public meeting of council, chamber seating changed for the first time through the pandemic, and there was Plexiglass between members of council and staff in order to follow provincial health guidelines.

Meanwhile, members of the public have to wear a mask if they are attending a public meeting. Egli said council chambers have a room capacity of 25 people. The district will be providing masks to people who don’t have one.


Aman Parhar
Editor, Vanderhoof Omineca Express

aman.parhar@ominecaexpress.com

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