Transparency in the Time of Coronavirus
Link to Virtual Meeting (will activate at the time of the meeting): http://www.hamiltoncountytelevision.com/default.php
As we learn more about how to react to the coronavirus pandemic, we know public meetings have suddenly become a threat to public health. In an effort to protect people’s health, while upholding our commitment to open government, the Hamilton County Council is transitioning from in-person meetings to virtual meetings.
On May 23rd, Governor Holcomb issued executive order 20-09, which relates to the continuity of government operations. The governor’s order modifies the manner of convening public meetings by authorizing governing bodies to meet virtually or remotely if a quorum is present. The executive order also mandates that the meeting be made available to the public and media for real-time observation.
The Hamilton County Council is partnering with Hometown TV to not only provide real-time observation of the April 1st council meeting, but to ensure that anyone who does wish to comment during public hearing section of the meeting, can do so.
The county currently uses Microsoft TEAMS software to conduct interdepartmental meetings with employees in various locations. Microsoft TEAMS allows you to both hear and see meeting participants. Hamilton County Television will broadcast the virtual Microsoft TEAMS meeting as they do regular live, in-person meetings.
If people have questions regarding any of the agenda items, they can email their questions to firstname.lastname@example.org until 6:45 the evening of the meeting. All emails need to include the person’s name and address so those can be entered into the public record. Questions will be addressed during the Public Hearing section of the meeting.
We appreciate everyone’s understanding and patience as we navigate through these challenging times. While our mission is to continue to provide the vital governmental services needed during this crisis, our priority is doing so, while keeping everyone safe.
Contact: Auditor Robin Mills
(Noblesville, IN, March 26, 2020)