Members of the City Council may attend council meetings remotely via a virtual format provided by the City provided that all the following conditions are met: (Resolution 2021-33)
a. The member of council notifies the City Manager not less than 24 hours prior to the meeting that the member would like to attend the meeting through electronic means. (Resolution 2021-33)
b. At the commencement of the meeting, the Council notes into the record the circumstances which are the basis of the Councilor's request to attend the meeting through electronic means.
c. To avoid confusion and promote efficiency, if the Mayor will attend a meeting remotely, the Council President shall act as the Presiding Officer for the meeting; if the Council President will attend a meeting through electronic means, the Mayor may select at Pro Tem Council President for the meeting. (Resolution 2021-33)
d. Persons, including members of council, wishing to participate remotely must have an adequate internet connection and computer or other device with adequate video and audio capabilities to participate remotely at a council meeting. (Resolution 2021-33)
e. Except for an executive session, City Council meetings shall be broadcast simultaneously via public access television or online. (Resolution 2021-33)
f. Members of the public shall be given an opportunity to remotely observe, and to participate in, city council meetings through the internet. The opportunity to observe council meetings is satisfied by the simultaneous broadcast of the meetings. The opportunity to participate is satisfied by making online registration for public comment and hearings available. The City is not required to provide or ensure that members of the public have access to a computer or other device in order to access the internet and participate in a council meeting.
g. Members of council and staff participating in a council meeting remotely shall enable their video feeds during the meeting, except that they may disable their video when temporarily leaving the meeting. Members of the public participating in a council meeting remotely shall enable their video while making public comment or testimony. (Resolution 2021-33)