By: 1812Blockhouse Staff
Almost all public meetings held by local governments and school districts continue to be held via livestreaming, either via Facebook, YouTube, or by being broadcast on other online applications like Zoom.
The change in Ohio’s Sunshine Laws that gave rise to the ability to conduct meetings in this matter was enacted in March by the Ohio General Assembly. Certain conditions must be met, however participation in these meetings via the internet is allowable.
The change is tied to the Governor’s Declaration of Emergency, which means that it will expire when that Declaration expires. The change is permissive and not mandatory, however it is unknown at this point what changes might take place in the coming weeks as Ohio “reopens” on a limited basis.
During this first full week of May, at least five virtual public meetings are being held in Richland County. Here is a list of dates and times with links to access information for each.
Mansfield City Council — Tuesday, May 5 – Finance Committee at 6:35 PM, Economic Development Committee at 6:45 PM, Council Caucus and Regular Meeting at 7:00 PM. Access on Facebook.
Shelby City Council — Monday, May 4 at 7 PM. Access here.
Lexington Village Council — Monday, May 4 – Public can join at 7 PM, Caucus at 7:15 PM, Regular Meeting at 7:30 PM. Access here.
Bellville Village Council — Tuesday, May 5 at 7 PM. Access here.
Lucas Schools Board of Education — Tuesday, May 5 at 6 PM. Access here.