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Bellaire council cancels due to inclement weather

Next regular meeting is March 4

BELLAIRE — A Village Council meeting that was slated to be held Thursday evening ended up being canceled due to anticipated inclement weather.

Village Treasurer Tom Sable said Thursday evening that Mayor Vince DiFabrizio sent a message to members of council earlier that morning saying the meeting was being canceled.

The village has been holding its meetings via Zoom and broadcasting them over its new Facebook page since December.

However, one person still needs to be inside the council chamber to operate the computer to get it started to broadcast via Facebook, he said.

Council members had some technical difficulties in past weeks keeping the Zoom meeting running on Facebook. Because of this they enlisted some technical support to handle that task for future meetings.

This is expected to ensure the public can continue to watch and hear the meetings online if they can’t or don’t want to attend in person because of COVID-19 virus concerns.

Some local municipalities have opted to use teleconferencing to allow the public to listen to meetings, such as the city of St. Clairsville. But Bellaire decided to use its federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act money to purchase new monitors for inside the chambers and other equipment in order to hold virtual meetings.

Since Thursday’s meeting was canceled, council’s next regularly scheduled meeting is set for 6 p.m. March 4 in its chambers, located on the second floor of the municipal building on Belmont Street. It should also be available for viewing on its Facebook page titled Village of Bellaire Council.

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