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RVC council meeting cancelled as County Hall remains closed

Rocky View County council voted unanimously to cancel its April 7 meeting. File Photo/Rocky View Weekly

Rocky View County (RVC) council's regular meeting scheduled for April 7 has been cancelled as the global COVID-19 pandemic continues.

At a special council meeting March 27, held via teleconference, council voted unanimously in favour of the cancellation.

According to Reeve Greg Boehlke, the provincial government has modified the Municipal Government Act to allow meetings through video conferencing, which can be streamed to the public.

"We're just not prepared, technologically, for that today, so we've decided it would be best to cancel [the April 7] meeting by resolution," he said.

Boehlke anticipated the tech to be in place by council's next scheduled meeting on April 28. Video meetings would mean no public hearings, he said, while other meetings of boards and committees may also be held through video or cancelled altogether until further notice.

Meanwhile, County Hall is no longer anticipated to open April 1 as originally planned.

"The County is committed to resuming full service as soon as possible," Grant Kaiser, executive director of Community and Business, said via email. "However, like the rest of the province, at this time we cannot identify a specific date for reopening. Public safety must come first and RVC will continue to follow the guidance of the Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health."

In the meantime, Boehlke encouraged residents to "stay calm and stay home as much as possible."

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Ben Sherick,
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