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Lake City, City Council to Meet in Emergency Session at 10 a.m. Today: Unprepared

LAKE CITY, FL – A 12th hour decision has the Lake City, City Council meeting at 10:00 a.m. this morning. While recent emergency measures allow for virtual meetings, the City did not prepare and is having its meeting in City Hall, although it recommends calling in to attend. There is no video feed.

At 8:28 p.m. yesterday evening the City announced that an emergency meeting would be held at this morning.

For over a year the City has been promising a new and improved website that would provide agenda material and meeting minutes.

The new management team at the City has not been able to deliver.

This morning's meeting will be considering two ordinances. The website does not provide those ordinances.

While virtual only meetings are allowed during the coronavirus pandemic, the City is having a public meeting in City Hall which will put City workers and the public at risk.

At 11:20 p.m. last night, City Clerk Audrey Sikes provided the following information for this morning's meeting:


While the public is legally permitted to attend meetings in person, all are encouraged to observe the meeting by accessing the meeting via Webex telephone for AUDIO ONLY, call 1-408-418-9388.

Enter access code 713891429#

When it asks for attendee number just press #

To offer public comment please be prepared when the chair requests public comment.  The chair will allow for sufficient time for lines to clear and all calls to be heard. 

If you attend the meeting in person:

1. You should not enter City Hall if you feel ill, have reason to believe you have been exposed to someone who is or might be ill, or have health concerns that make you more susceptible to succumb to the virus.

2. The chair will require that all persons maintain an appropriate distance of not less than 6 feet at all times from every other person inside the meeting room.

3. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer upon entering the building.

4. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth at all times.

5. Cover any cough or sneeze with a tissue or bent elbow. Do not cough or sneeze into the air or into your hands.

Once the City Council Chambers has met it acceptable capacity overflow will be provided for in the first floor atrium. 

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