Kzoo pauses return to in-person meetings
Kalamazoo City Commissioners have put a pause on in-person meetings before they even got started.
What Happened: City leaders have been debating when to bring their biweekly commission meetings back into the real life city commission chambers. The commission has been meeting virtually since April 2020.
The commission planned to discuss meeting in person beginning with its July 19 business meeting. Instead, commissioners decided to hold off on making a decision until they have more information.
What’s the Problem: When the commission returns to in-person meetings, it plans to do so using a hybrid model. That would allow members of the public to be present, but also to address the commission by phone.
Commissioners were worried that could be a hassle they’re not prepared for. Also, an independent investigator is soon expected to release a report on the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety’s mishandling of protests and rallies held last summer. The meeting after that happens could draw a crowd and commissioners are wary of doing that in person.
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