County Council To Hold Virtual Retreat
By Hayley Day, San Juan Update
The San Juan County Council will hold their virtual retreat at 9 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 5.
View the agenda and watch the live stream here.
According to the agenda, “the January retreat is intended to accomplish several tasks necessary to establish structure and function and to complete a high-level overview of issues and initiatives inherited by the new council.”
The new council consists of Christine Minney of District 1, Cindy Wolf of District 2 and Jamie Stephens of District 3. Minney and Wolf are the newest members and were elected last November.
At the retreat, councilmembers will discuss the 2021 budget, priority capital projects and the county’s COVID-19 response.
Councilmembers will review how to work with outside agencies, such as the state legislature. They will also discuss how to communicate with the public, including at town meetings and through social media.
Members will share their areas of interest, such as affordable housing, vacation rentals, agriculture and health. “A discussion of such interest,” states the agenda, “is a good way to make them known to fellow councilmembers and staff, and through consensus a catalyst to focus the workload over time.”
The agenda states that council meetings held on Mondays will be considered “workshops” and “will be used for in-depth discussion of topics” on issues such as the comprehensive plan update, pending litigation and affordable housing.
Tuesdays, states the agenda, will be “business meetings,” for issues such as “consent, resolutions and ordinance.” Meetings will continue to be held virtually until restrictions are lifted from the state.