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Having a meeting by phone

From left, EDC Warren County President Edward Bartholomew and Mitch Amadio, treasurer of the board of directors, attend the annual meeting on Friday. The other participants conferenced in on the telephone to guard against the spread of the coronavirus.  

It is the new reality that government agencies are going to have to conduct business a little differently for a while because of the coronavirus pandemic.

EDC Warren County’s board of directors held its annual meeting on Friday. Agency President Edward Bartholomew was present in one of the conference rooms at the office building that houses the agency, along with board Treasurer Mitch Amado. The rest of the board members were on a conference call from their various offices or homes.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order allowing government boards to conduct meetings in nontraditional ways to practice social distancing by avoiding large groups of people congregating. 

I watched the meeting on YouTube from The Post-Star’s “Southern Saratoga County Bureau,” aka my computer desk in the living room of my apartment.

There were a few glitches as two board members lost their internet connections briefly before getting back on and an EDC staff member accidentally hung up when she was trying to unmute her microphone.

However, the board passed some routine business, got an update from Bartholomew about efforts to help businesses hurt by the coronavirus and board member Alex Rotolo offered a resolution to support extended repayment of loans given to small businesses.

They got through it.

I expect to be covering more meetings online until the pandemic subsides.

Reach Michael Goot at 518-742-3320 or mgoot@poststar.com and follow his blog poststar.com/blogs/michael_goot/.

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