The Dane County Board held their March 19 meeting completely remotely and are planning on doing so again for the upcoming April 2 meeting.
Likewise, the Madison Common Council on Tuesday, March 31, will hold its regularly scheduled meeting virtually in response to COVID-19. The City’s IT Team has been working to adapt technology to conduct meetings similar to in-person meetings and the City has selected video and audio-conferencing software Zoom, which will be used by alders, staff, and members of the public wishing to testify in front of the Council.
“Given the circumstances, the meeting went pretty smoothly. We learned what worked and what was challenging and are making adjustments for the meeting this week,” said County Board Chair Analiese Eicher in a statement. “We focused not only on how to hold a meeting using current technology, but also on making certain the public could attend and participate remotely as well.”
Although conducted with each supervisor participating either via computer or telephone, the 37-member County Board adhered to the Open Meetings Law and worked hard to make the meeting accessible, according to a press release, and the County Board has put in place rules that now allow committees to also meet remotely in the coming weeks while the health emergency requires social distancing.
For members of the public wishing to watch the Madison Common Council meeting, they can do so via the Madison City Channel website, City of Madison YouTube Channel or on television (Charter Digital 994 and AT&T U‑Verse 99). Audio listening via phone is available by calling: (312) 626-6799, and typing: 531 697 510