City Council Formal Meetings to be Held Virtually

Written by The Bee News

August 26, 2020

September City Council Formal Meetings to be Held Virtually

-September Council Meetings will Continue Using Zoom-

KINGMAN, Ariz. – The City of Kingman is taking the necessary steps to continue to protect City Council members, its residents, and city team members to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the community. The City of Kingman is conducting the Tuesday, September 1 and 15, 2020, formal City Council meetings virtually, with the ability for written or telephonic public comment.

Meeting policy, and public comment guidelines for all virtual meetings are listed below:

  • Per the ongoing guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), no more than ten people should be gathered at the same time, therefore no Council or Commission meetings are taking place in the Council Chambers.
  • Residents wishing to address the Council during the, “Call to the Public,” portion of the agenda can either submit written comments or register to speak on the telephone.
  • All written comments and requests to speak, must be submitted by 9:00a.m. on September 1 and 15, 2020, by emailing [email protected] or dropping off handwritten comments at the Main City Complex. (Commission meetings will follow the same guidelines for day-of meetings.)
  • Those wishing to address the Council by telephone during the, “Call to the Public,” portion of the agenda will need to pre-register by emailing: [email protected], and provide their name, address, telephone number they will be using, and email. Once registered, a link with additional instructions will be provided. Only those who have pre-registered will be admitted to the meeting. Each speaker will be given three minutes to comment, and then they will be removed, as to move to the next speaker in the queue. A total of 20 minutes is allotted for the, “Call to the Public,” portion of the agenda.
  • The emails/written statements will be provided to council/commissioners in a .pdf for them to review prior to the meeting. A copy of all submissions in their entirety will be attached to the minutes and made a part of public record.
  • City Clerk’s Office hours are Monday-Thursday, 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • As in the past, residents can watch the Council and/or Commissions meetings live streamed at youtube.com/cityofkingman or Cable Channel 4
  • The future, virtual meeting agendas can be found here: www.cityofkingman.gov/government/agendas-minutes

We appreciate the community’s support of the temporary adjustment to our formal City Council meetings.

To help contain the spread of COVID-19, health officials have issued the following recommendations:

Know how it spreads –

  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

o Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).

o Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.

o These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

o Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.

Wash your hands often –

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact –

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, even inside your home. If possible, maintain 6 feet between the person who is sick and other household members.
  • Put distance between yourself and other people outside of your home.

o Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread virus.

Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people.

o Do not gather in groups.

o Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings.

o Keeping distance from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others –

  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
  • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.

o Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

  • The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
  • Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker.
  • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.

Cover coughs and sneezes –

  • If you are in a private setting and do not have on your cloth face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Clean and disinfect –

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them. Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
  • Then, use a household disinfectant. Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work.

Monitor Your Health –

  • Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.

o Especially important if you are running essential errands, going into the office or workplace, and in settings where it may be difficult to keep a physical distance of 6 feet.

  • Take your temperature if symptoms develop.

o Don’t take your temperature within 30 minutes of exercising or after taking medications that could lower your temperature, like acetaminophen.

For more information, visit: https://www.cityofkingman.gov/government/advanced-components/covid-19-microsite

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