Like most other organizations, governments and other public agencies have had to scramble due to COVID-19 restrictions. The Kentucky Attorney General has given an opinion public agencies can meet via teleconferencing during this extraordinary time, but provisions of the state’s open meetings laws must remain in effect.
Some are using the software Zoom, others are live streaming and still others are using Facebook Live. But Scott County’s public agencies are starting to meet again. It is not always smooth, but it offers a chance for the public to attend in the comfort of their home and in some cases actually participate. Georgetown City Council and Scott County Fiscal Court meetings have been live-streaming on their YouTube channels for a while.
Below is how you may watch a public meeting. For some the details have not been fully resolved, and for others changes are made to improve the broadcast and experience. We’ll try and keep you posted on any changes or adjustments:
Georgetown City Council
—Next meeting is Monday, April 27 at 6 p.m.
—Zoom broadcast on the city’s YouTube channel. Efforts are being made to have the meetings simulcast to PEG Channel 376, but audio issues have hindered this option. Once the meeting is complete, a recording is available on the city’s website and its YouTube channel.
—Questions for the council can be submitted to the city clerk via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Council members who receive questions are asked to forward them to the city clerk.
—So far, the city has been hesitant to provide public links to the Zoom meetings. There are Zoom-bombers who enjoy interrupting these meetings such as a recent meeting in another state where someone inserted porn. Members of the public who wish to attend and participate in the meeting may contact the city clerk and ask for a Zoom invitation.
—Unlike some other agencies, Andrew Hartley, the city’s chief administrative officer, is serving as the “host,” and he can remove malicious users, if necessary.
—Agenda is posted 24 hours prior to the meeting on the city’s website.
Scott County Fiscal Court
—Next meeting is April 23 at 9 a.m.
—This meeting was originally set for April 23 at 7 p.m., but because it was moved it is now designated as a “special meeting,” and must be restricted to the agenda. Even so, Judge-Executive Joe Pat Covington is including “public comments” in the agenda.
—Streaming from the Scott County Fiscal Court’s YouTube page.
—Comments can be emailed to: email@example.com
Scott County Board of Education
—Next meeting is April 23 at 6:30 p.m.
—Zoom video teleconference using the following link: https://zoom.us/j/99673879626?pwd=ZmxJSVFDOFdZdDNUUWduODRiOGJ5QT09
Meeting ID: 996 7387 9626
Password: April 23
—Agenda will be posted to the school board’s website.
—Comments, questions can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Scogin can be reached at email@example.com.