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Clark County Council meets for nothing (sort of)

The Clark County Council met this week for nothing, at least publicly. But councilors didn’t just call into the teleconference for the calming hold music.

Each Wednesday, councilors typically meet for council time. These conferences don’t include public hearings or comment and are less formal than the regular Tuesday meetings.

This week’s agenda was bare, save three executive sessions.

“There are no items for discussion,” reads a note on the county website. “The council will adjourn and meet in executive sessions…”.

Guidelines from the state Attorney General’s Office recommend that governments only discuss “routine and necessary” meeting items during the COVID-19 outbreak. Some council time meetings have been canceled since the outbreak began.

Councilors might have canceled Wednesday’s meeting as well if not for the executive sessions. These sessions are off the record and commonly used by local governments to discuss sensitive matters such as lawsuits or personnel issues.

Jack Heffernan

Jack Heffernan

Jack Heffernan is a breaking news reporter and covers Clark County government for The Columbian.