LOGAN – In a sign of deepening concern about the rising rate of local coronavirus infections, the Logan City Council has cancelled all public attendance at its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 17.
Instead, city executive secretary Teresa Harris confirmed that meeting will once again be held via ZOOM technology.
Council chair Amy Z. Anderson said that the city previously used ZOOM technology for meetings back in April, shortly after the start of the pandemic.
“We were able to conduct business appropriately then,” Anderson explained. “Logan City has moved its public meeting to ZOOM over the past weeks – including the Historic Preservation Committee, the Planning Commission, the Renewable Energy & Conservation Advisory Board and more.
“Given case counts near and above 100 last week, I decided to return to the ZOOM format for this week’s meeting. If numbers lower, December’s meeting will hopefully be in-person.”
The city’s announcement comes as the number of local COVID-19 cases continues to spike. On the day that the city agenda was issued, officials of the Bear River Health Department reported 252 new cases of the coronavirus in the district, plus two deaths in Box Elder County. The total number of new cases in Cache County that day was 180.
“With minimal public hearings scheduled and appropriate technology,” Anderson emphasized, “ZOOM allows us to meet without any risk of compromising the health of any of our council members, city staff or community members.”
Harris said city residents may access the City Council meeting as a ZOOM webinar at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82133701105
She added that instructions for downloading and using ZOOM can be found at https://support.zoom.us/he/en-us/articles/201362193-Joining-a-Meeting
Logan City Council meetings are also televised live as a public service on Channel 17, on the City of Logan Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/cityoflogan or on KSL Live at https://live.ksl.com
City residents can also listen to an audio version of Tuesday’s council meeting by calling 1-669-900-9128.
The Logan City Council meeting is slated to begin at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The meeting’s agenda includes adjustments to the city’s 2020-21 operating budget and a public hearing regarding a proposed amendment to the city’s ordinances governing recreational vehicles park occupancy.