BERLIN — The next Town Council meeting might look a little different as councilors determine the likelihood of whether or not they will be able to host the meeting in-person.
The next meeting, slotted for Tuesday, June 16, includes a public hearing on an ordinance extending tax exemptions “to charitable, religious, or non-profit” organizations that are leasing property.
The meeting is expected to be held the day before phase two of Governor Lamont’s reopening plan goes into effect which will allow amusement parks, hotels, indoor dining, libraries, gyms and personal care services to resume business.
Mayor Mark Kaczynski introduced the idea to the council, saying that the council would be in attendance with a few members from the general public to speak before the councilors at a time.
“We certainly don’t want to fill the room, obviously, and we’d only take one or two at a time...depending on how many staff members are there,” he said.
Town Manager Arosha Jayawickrema said that another possibility would be to have the councilors meet in person with residents calling in to the meeting. Town Councilor JoAnn Angelico-Stetson agreed.
Kaczynski also floated the idea of meeting in a larger room, such as the Board of Education meeting room or McGee Middle School to promote social distancing measures.
Town Council is still deliberating on what their next meeting will look like.