TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – The coronavirus outbreak could create some changes to upcoming Terre Haute City Council meetings.
The spread of the coronavirus is something that many hope will slow down as soon as possible.
“We all hope that this is a temporary virus and that things will correct themselves in the next several weeks,” said George Azar, Terre Haute city council president.
If the virus does not show a decline, Azar says the Terre Haute city council could change some of their rules.
Terre Haute residents are usually given the ability to speak during council meetings, but that could be temporarily halted.
“If we feel that we need to reorganize our meetings so that only those directly involved with an ordinance present their case rather than just allowing public discussion on anything, we may have to do that,” Azar said.
Azar says the council will meet with the city attorney to make sure they are abiding by open-door laws before any decision is made.
Azar also says the measure is not to create panic but to prevent the virus from spreading to Terre Haute.
“We don’t want to scare anybody, we’re just taking a protective measure,” Azar said.
While local government officials work to slow the spread of coronavirus, nationally, Indiana senator Todd Young says he is working on a bill that would help workers if they were to contract it.
“It would be very targeted and ensure that those who are on sick leave on a count of coronavirus are able to meet their basic needs through unemployment insurance,” Young said.
Azar says if this plan does go into effect that Terre Haute residents will still be able to view all council meetings online.
If you would like to reach out to a council member, Azar says the best way to do that is by e-mail.