Stratford City Council isn’t returning to in-person meetings just yet.
At their regular virtual meeting Monday night, council discussed possibly returning to meeting in person early next month.
Council hasn’t gotten together for meetings since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and, while most councils have now resumed their old practice, repairs being made to the elevator at Stratford City Hall because of flooding have kept that from happening here.
Stratford Chief Administrative Officer Joan Thomson said the company hired to fix the elevator continues to work on it and added once it’s completed it will then need to be certified.
She added that she’s hopeful that will happen in the next month.
Staff was asked in November to look into the options for holding meetings off-site and they found that the costs for holding meetings at the Stratford Rotary Complex ranged from $3,500 and $5,000 because of needing to hire a contractor for sound and broadcasting.
Councilor Jo-Dee Burbach made a motion that council, committee, and sub-committee meetings continue to be held electronically until the elevator at Stratford City Hall is repaired.
That motion passed unanimously.