Public meetings in Vail will return to a virtual-only format beginning Tuesday, July 21 when the Town Council convenes for its afternoon and evening meetings. With the recent Eagle County amended Public Health Order dated July 17, the Town Manager’s Office has determined that the virtual format will create the most appropriate environment for the town’s public meetings during the public health crisis at this time. With the trend of COVID-19 cases on the rise and the need to reduce the numbers that gather in public places, the town thought it prudent to no longer host the meeting in council chambers. The town had been recently conducting its public meetings in chambers as well as simultaneously on the zoom platform.
Opportunities to offer live public comment in a virtual format will be available for Tuesday’s meeting by accessing the town’s website at https://www.vailgov.com/town-council; register before the start of the meeting using this link to join the zoom platform. Additional public comment opportunities are available by emailing the Town Council in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on the meeting day. For viewing the meeting only, the public can access the High Five Access Media’s website for live-stream to Town Council meeting, via https://www.highfivemedia.org/live-five.
In addition to the Town Council meetings, the use of the Zoom meeting platform only will be enacted for regularly scheduled meetings of the Planning and Environmental Commission, Design Review Board and others. To access public meeting agendas, visit the town’s website at www.vailgov.com/agendas.
The town adopted a remote meeting policy on March 16 as a means of keeping the public safe while continuing its public business during the early stages of the COVID-19 public health crisis. Following enactment of revised public health orders from Eagle County on May 25, the Town reopened the chambers to Vail’s boards and commissions as well as members of the public on a limited basis. With the current trend of COVID-19 cases on the rise, it is deemed appropriate to return back to a virtual-only format.
These meetings are livestreamed by High Five Access Media at www.highfivemedia.org/ and are archived for additional viewing.
For more information about the public meeting protocols, contact Vail Town Clerk Tammy Nagel at email@example.com or 970-479-2136.