CUYAHOGA FALLS — Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, plenty of precautions were taken when city council met on Monday evening.
City spokesperson Kelli Crawford-Smith said all 11 council members and the administration members each had their own table and all city officials were seated at least 6 feet away from one another. During this coronavirus pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that people stay at least 6 feet away from one another.
"It was spotlessly clean in there," said Council President Mike Brillhart (D-5). "They did a wonderful job. The tables were all exactly measured out. It couldn’t be more perfect."
Council typically uses one of the community rooms in the Natatorium for its meetings, but Crawford-Smith said the mobile walls were moved to convert three separate rooms into one large room. Public seating was spread out so that residents who attended could maintain an appropriate level of social distancing.
Council member Mary Nichols-Rhodes (D-4) said the podium for public comment was set up on one side of the room. She said Council member Tim Gorbach (D-At Large) told speakers they did not have to sign in (to avoid sharing a pen) and could just verbally state their name and address for the record.
"Chairs for the public were spaced with several feet open on all sides," said Nichols-Rhodes, who noted that about 12 to 15 members of the public attended the meeting. "It worked well."
Since the Natatorium’s fitness center is closed to the public, the other rooms were available for council’s use, Crawford-Smith said.
As of now, council is scheduled to meet on March 23 at 6:30 p.m. in the Natatorium, 2345 Fourth St.
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