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Salem council moving to one meeting per month

SALEM — City council isn’t scheduled to meet again until Feb. 15 after the decision was made to meet just once a month as a precaution against COVID.

Council members had already distanced themselves from each other for their meeting Tuesday, having some department heads sit in the audience so that everyone could social distance.

Council President Tom Baker raised the issue, pointing out that East Liverpool had made a similar decision. He also said meeting via Zoom is not on the table right now.

He spoke with Mayor John Berlin about the idea earlier before the meeting. Council members agreed and voted to meet the third Tuesday of the month until they decide to go back to their normal schedule of meeting twice a month.

If necessary, a special meeting can be called if action is required between meetings.

Baker said they’ll also suggest the wearing of masks for anyone in attendance and for everyone to spread out in council chambers. City hall will remain open.

He said the meeting change is just being done as a precaution since there seems to be an uptick in COVID right now.

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