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Posted on: March 25, 2020

On Tuesday March 24, 2020, Governor Inslee issued Proclamation 20-28.

This proclamation temporarily prohibits in-person contacts with the public that are required by the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) (RCW 42.30) and the Public Records Act (PRA) (RCW 42.56), suspending some statutory language that would require such contacts. This proclamation also temporarily suspends the PRA’s requirements for agencies to respond to PRA requests for public records within five business days from receipt, and to maintain business hours for public inspection and copying of records for a minimum of 30 hours per week. It is effective from March 24, 2020 until midnight, April 23, 2020, unless extended beyond that date. Please read the proclamation in the link below for details. The proclamation lists the specific OPMA and PRA statutes or portions of statutes that are suspended.

In response to the prohibition of in-person contacts with the public required by the open public meetings act, the City of Cheney will now hold its City Council meetings in a virtual format. Council Members will not be physically present at City Hall during the normally scheduled meeting, but rather participate from their homes keeping with the Governor’s order to “stay home, stay healthy.” Meetings will be streamed online via Zoom. Interested parties may either call in using a telephone, or stream the audio and video using a computer, tablet or smart phone. Links to the audio & video stream are published on the City Council Agenda posted to the Friday prior to the next scheduled meeting.

Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 20-28

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