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Update: City Council Meetings & COVID-19

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Dear Shelton community members, families, and staff:

Beginning with the April 7, 2020, Shelton City Council Meeting, we will be implementing changes necessary to respond to updated recommendations and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and state and local health authorities, regarding social distancing and limitations on public gatherings in order to slow the spread of COVID-19.

  • The Council will be meeting in the large conference room at the Civic Center, rather than in the council/courtroom.  The room will be arranged to space the staff, councilmembers, and public at least six feet apart. 
  • A minimum of staff will be in attendance.  The meeting is expected to be conducted expeditiously, with Council discussion kept to a minimum and most action items decided via consent agenda.  Non-essential items are being postponed to future agendas. 
  • The public is invited to attend council meetings as usual.  However, we ask that the public consider instead staying home and tuning in to the live stream of the meeting via Mason Web TV.  Anyone who is not able to catch the live stream can, as always, watch the video of the meeting once it is posted to YouTube. 
  • Until further notice, live public comment will not be allowed at Council meetings.  If you would like to comment on a matter of city business, please submit your comments via email to jeff.niten@sheltonwa.gov.  Please keep your comments brief, and indicate whether you would like the comment to be read aloud at the meeting.  Any comments that are submitted at least one hour in advance of meetings, and that meet Shelton Municipal Code requirements for appropriate comment, will be read aloud. 

We believe it is critically important for the community to remain involved in government, and we regret having to take actions such as these.  But at the same time, we all need to do our part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  We look forward to this crisis passing and returning to our normal procedures for open public meetings in the near future.