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Boulder Junction will study offering virtual meetings

Looking beyond the COVID-19 pandemic for greater meeting access

April 21, 2020 by Brian Jopek

The Boulder Junction Town Board is taking steps to have its regular meetings broadcast in some manner in the future and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Prompted largely by the COVID-19 situation, town chairman Dennis Reuss on Friday, April 17, said the resolution the town board passed at an April 15 special meeting addresses making virtual attendance of future regular town board meetings, whether live stream or teleconference, available to the general public.  

It’s also something the town of St. Germain is exploring.

“Years ago, we did pass a telecommunications resolution so that if one of the town board members couldn’t be at a meeting, they could attend by telephone,” Reuss said. 

He said at a meeting of the town’s broadband committee on Friday, there was some testing of a teleconference system to “to see if it was applicable.”

Reuss said at this point, there’s been no real research done, no dollar amount proposed as far as a system the town board itself would use.

As for the teleconferencing system used Friday by the broadband committee, Reuss said it works.  

“It’s something that you’ve just gotta get used to,” he said.

The town board is also expected to convene the town’s annual  meeting today and reschedule it for next month, something most towns in the area have done as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions put in place. 

Reuss said the Wisconsin Town’s Association has advised the town could hold that annual meeting at some point into the summer, if necessary. 

“It would cause all kinds of problems if we didn’t have it this year,” he said of the annual meeting, which is required by state law. 

Brian Jopek may be reached via email at [email protected]

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