That’s because Gov. Jay Inslee issued a proclamation March 25 that waives and suspend sections of the Open Public Meetings Act and Public Records Act during the emergency order related to COVID-19. As a result, municipalities are restricted to conducting open meetings remotely — using audio or video conferencing platforms — and the public is not allowed to attend.
Appropriately, the Thursday special meeting is aimed at amending the city’s code to allow councilmembers and members of the city’s Planning Commission o participate remotely via phone or video during emergencies.
The proposal is based on Gov. Jay Inslee’s stay-at-home order, issued March 24, and his request for avoiding gatherings.
The public can listen live or on demand via the city’s audio stream at www.cityofmlt.com/469.