Thompson city council will hold its regularly scheduled meeting via livestream on April 13.
To comply with public health physical distancing guidelines resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayor Colleen Smook, city manager Anthony McInnis and executive assistant Tammy Parobec will be the only people permitted inside council chambers apart from Paul Andersen of Shaw, who will be filming the meeting.
A public hearing about a building variation order will be held prior to the regular meeting and any resident who wishes to make a statement at the public hearing or to ask a question during the general inquiries portion of the council meeting must register to do so by 3 p.m. April 13 by calling 204-677-7938 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The hearing is about an application to reduce the required side yard setback for an accessory building at 11 Pelican Crescent from 1.8 metres (six feet) to 0.55 metres (1.8 feet).
Among the items being discussed and voted on at the council meeting are resolutions to revive the Thompson Community Development Corporation and appoint its interim board, to close all city-operated playgrounds to the public and to approve a funding agreement with the federal government, which is allocating an additional $200,000 to Thompson for the 2020-21 fiscal year under its homelessness strategy to support additional COVID-19 related responses to homelessness in the city.
The council meeting will be livestreamed on YouTube and the City of Thompson’s Facebook page.
While council meetings and public hearings must normally be open to the public, the provincial government has approved livestreaming as an acceptable alternative to in-person attendance in order to reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission in accordance with social distancing recommendations.