Village of Whitefish Bay, WI
Milwaukee County
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[Adopted 8-3-2020 by Ord. No. 1870]
In exceptional circumstances as determined by the chair of the applicable Village board, authority, committee or commission, meetings may on a case-by-case basis be held on a virtual basis or otherwise with remote attendance as described in this section. Virtual meetings and remote attendance are only authorized when the chair determines that health, safety, welfare, family or work circumstances warrant a virtual meeting or remote attendance. Virtual meetings and remote attendance may not be authorized solely for convenience. For meetings that include quasi-judicial action requiring due process, the chair must consult the Village Attorney before authorizing a virtual meeting or remote attendance. Virtual meetings and remote attendance are subject to the following:
A. 
Remote attendance. When a meeting is held in person, the chair of the applicable body may allow one or more members of the body to attend the meeting by telephone or other electronic means, subject to the requirements of this section. A member of the body seeking to attend remotely shall notify the Village Manager of the request at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting. The Village Manager shall immediately notify the chair. The chair shall decide whether to grant the request at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting. The chair's determination shall be final. Members of the body attending remotely shall have all powers of participation, including counting toward a quorum and having the opportunity to vote. Such attendance is only permitted if systems allow the remote member to hear the proceedings and be heard in the meeting room. If visual information is presented at the meeting, the information shall be distributed or systems must allow remote attendees to view what is presented. The Village does not warrant remote attendance system performance. If circumstances leading to one or more members of the body seeking to attend remotely are widely shared by others in the general public, the chair should consider providing a similar remote attendance option for the general public. Such option must be provided to citizens in a timely manner as part of the meeting agenda notice.
B. 
Virtual meeting. Upon direction of the chair, a body may on a case-by-case basis conduct an entirely virtual meeting, in which no member of the body is present at Village Hall, subject to the requirements of this section. Members of the body attending virtually shall have all powers of participation, including counting toward a quorum and having the opportunity to vote. If visual information is presented at the meeting, remote attendees must have the opportunity before or during the meeting to view what is presented or be prohibited from voting on the matter. The public shall be given access to the system implementing the virtual meeting platform. Information about access to the meeting shall be provided to citizens in a timely manner as part of the meeting agenda notice. Best efforts shall be used to ensure that members of the public lacking access to the virtual meeting platform are provided alternative reasonable methods to attend.
C. 
Open meetings law limitations. In no event shall a virtual meeting be convened, or remote attendance be permitted, where a violation of the Wisconsin Open Meeting Law[1] would result.
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Editor's Note: See § 19.81, Wis. Stats., et seq.