County commission meetings will continue via Zoom

St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners has approved a state of emergency in order to continue broadcasting its meetings electronically.

During their first in-person meeting since fall, commissioners Tuesday agreed they will stick to assembling in person for their twice-a-month board meetings. The five-member commission, however, concurred it would be prudent to maintain public broadcast of their meetings via Zoom electronic platform.

Without approval of the local emergency declaration, the board and other panels under the umbrella of the county commission would not have the option of virtual meetings.

Commissioner Dan Czajkowski said the board is trying to get back to normal but the sentiment of people not wishing to be a part of in-person meetings should be respected.

Board chairman Dennis Allen said executive committee meetings, also held twice a month, will continue to meet virtually.

The declaration will remain in effect through July 6.

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