COUNTY NEWS RELEASE
In July, the County Council discussed and then decided to return to in-person meetings in Council Chambers, with the option for members of the public to continue to join meetings via the Zoom online video platform remaining in place. Zoom had been added during the COVID-19 pandemic last year. The Council asked their various boards, commissions and committees (BCCs) to have a similar discussion at their meetings over August and September and decide how to proceed – in-person only, Zoom only, or a “hybrid” using both options.
Several of the BCCs have made the decision to use the hybrid option for their meeting formats. The Board of Public Utilities returned to the Zoom only model in September, and the Planning and Zoning Commission has continued to use the hybrid option.
As of September 30, most of the BCCs have concluded to either use the Zoom only option or they also want to offer the hybrid option for attendance; however, some BCCs are determining the meeting format on a month-by-month basis. Below are the formats for BCC meetings for the month of October. Hybrid meetings will be held in either Council Chambers or the Boards & Commissions room (Room 110, Municipal Bldg) to accommodate dual use of the Zoom and streaming option.
Board of Adjustment Oct 4th & 25th – Hybrid
Historic Preservation Advisory Board Cancelled due to lack of a quorum
Tourism Implementation Task Force Oct 6th – Hybrid
Transportation Board Oct 7th – Hybrid
Los Alamos Community Health Council Oct 7th – Zoom Only
North Mesa Housing Project Committee Oct 8th – Zoom Only
Library Board Oct 11th – Zoom Only
Planning & Zoning Commission Oct 13th & 27th – Hybrid
County DWI Planning Council Oct 14th – Zoom Only
Parks & Recreation Board Oct 14th – Zoom Only
Resiliency, Energy & Sust. Task Force Oct 15th & 29th – Hybrid
Community Development Adv Board Oct 18th – Hybrid
Lodger’s Tax Advisory Board Oct 19th – Hybrid
Board of Public Utilities Oct 20th – Hybrid
Environmental Services Board Oct 21st – Hybrid
Personnel Board Oct 26th – In-Person Only
Racial Equity and Inclusivity Task Force Oct 28th – Zoom Only
Arts in Public Places Board Oct 28th – Hybrid
Streaming a meeting for the public to view proceedings of the County Council or any other BCC continued to be unchanged during the pandemic and is still an option for those who only wish to watch a meeting online. PAC-8 has also continued to broadcast regular Council meetings on Channel 8 through Comcast television.
Some of the positive impacts voiced by the community and BCC members over the last few months have been that use of Zoom makes it easier for members of the public to participate from home when they might not otherwise be able to attend in-person, as well as Zoom’s video platform making it more convenient for BCC members to be at meetings when they are on travel or unable to attend in person for a variety of reasons.
Council work sessions formerly held in White Rock at Fire Station 3 have not resumed at this time, because of the technical challenges using Zoom and streaming simultaneously from that location.
The County Manager’s office will continue to keep the community informed of these important changes about various ways to participate in all meetings as more information becomes available.
The public should check the County’s online meeting calendar for the most current meeting format, as well as agendas and Zoom links for meetings:
Meetings are also recorded for later Video-on-Demand playback, typically within a day or two of each meeting.