Roumeliotis okay with Cornwall council chambers setup

In this provided photo, the physical distance setup for the Cornwall City Council chambers at the Cornwall Civic Complex on Monday, May 25, 2020. Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis says he is okay with the arrangement. (Supplied via Newswatch Group)

CORNWALL – Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis says he’s okay with Cornwall City Council’s social distance setup at the Cornwall Civic Complex.

“As a matter of fact, Mayor (Bernadette) Clement sent me a detailed note – pictures and everything – how they’re doing it and I’m very satisfied they’re taking the necessary precautions,” Roumeliotis told Cornwall Newswatch Monday.

At the end of Monday night’s council meeting – the first time held outside the city hall council chambers since the pandemic started – Clement thanked staff for setting up “this intense physical distancing space,” which meets all the distancing regulations.

Monday night’s meeting didn’t have a video option, outside of the YourTV broadcast, though the mayor says a video option is not off the table.

She also spoke directly to councillors. “I need your feedback on video conferencing so we are going to continue to investigate that. We may have committee meetings using that service so that’s something we’re going to continue. It’s an ongoing conversation, it’s not put to bed.”

At least one councillor isn’t satisfied with the current situation. Coun. Justin Towndale told Cornwall Newswatch other SD&G municipalities and senior governments are meeting via Zoom and this is the latest example of fellow councillors resistant to change.