The city council made use of videoconferencing technology for the first time under the city’s new videoconferencing law during Monday night’s voting session.
City Councilman Jeff Russell (R-At Large) was unable to attend the voting session in person. But city council president Anthony Dolce (R-Ward II) said he decided not to attend the meeting, especially given its importance as the city council’s monthly voting session.
Russell was able to participate in Monday’s voting session using Zoom video conferencing technology. A large screen of aldermen was displayed in front of the usual seats in the City Hall.
“He was able to do that because the state allowed it. increase.” Dolce said.
Video conferencing technology gave Russell the opportunity to vote on each resolution, but the technology faced significant delays and feedback. At the end of the voting session, Dolce explained: “Opening Battle” of video conferencing as “interesting” experience with “Some kinks to work out” in technology.
“There were some glitches” Dolce said. “I know Alderman Russell was late a few times. We’ll address those glitches, but for those who can’t be here for whatever reason and still want to get involved, this is a great tool.”
Despite technical problems during the meeting, Dolce was confident the city would fix the technology. “Glitch” They also quickly get used to using video conferencing software to invite city council members who cannot attend important meetings in person due to various circumstances.