A Message from Council President Andrea Shaut:
March 11, 2020: Out of an abundance of caution, the City of Kingston Common Council is taking proactive steps to protect Council members, city staff, and the public from the risk of COVID-19. The Council is legally bound to adhere to Open Meeting Law, which requires a quorum at all committee and Council meetings. On Friday, March 13 at 5:00pm, there will be a Special Common Council meeting to consider passing a resolution to amend the Rules of the Council which would allow Council members to video conference into Council and committee meetings. If adopted, this change would enable the Council to continue to effectively perform all of its duties without the risk of spreading illness to each other and the public.
In addition to authorizing the use of video conferencing by Council members, the City will be partnering with Radio Kingston to livestream upcoming Council meetings in order for the public to stay connected in real time, while also maintaining social distance. Meetings will continue to be filmed by the City of Kingston as well. The videos can be found on the City of Kingston website (Kingston Live) after each meeting. At this time, council and committee meetings will continue to be open to community members who wish to attend in person. All attendees should be mindful of the risks associated with attending large gatherings and should remain at home if they are ill.
Finally, for individuals who do not attend Council meetings in person, Council President Andrea Shaut will be accepting written comments in lieu of public speaking. Comments can be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or can be mailed to City Hall, 420 Broadway, Kingston, NY 12401, attention Council President Shaut.