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Shasta County Board of Supervisors Chambers reopened to the public

The Shasta County Board of Supervisors reopened the chambers back to the public on Tuesday.

Posted: Jan 12, 2021 6:59 PM

REDDING, Calif. – The Shasta County Board of Supervisors reopened the chambers back to the public on Tuesday.

Tuesday’s meeting was a bit mellower compared to last week. But while there was not a big group of people, more than a dozen people still showed up to the meeting.

People were spread out across the Board chambers. Many not wearing masks.

A sign once posted outside the chambers letting people it was closed off, now replaced with another saying people cannot bring in their own seats. That’s because the county is limiting how many people can be inside.

Supervisors Chimenti, Baugh, and Jones were the only three supervisors sitting inside the chambers today. While Supervisors Rickert and Moty and other county staff remained online.

But people are still split about the Board’s decision.

“I’m obviously in favor of in-person meetings,” said Jim Burnett, who regularly attends the meetings.

“I think it's our right and our duty to show up. As well as the right and the duty of the board members to show up.”

“You're gathering in one room, I know that the people don't want to believe that but I think it's a really bad idea,” said Kathleen Fator of Redding.

“The fact that it wasn't that way was a good decision.”

Even though people were able to speak in-person, the Board still accepted and received public comments through phone calls, voicemails, and emails.

One of those voicemails played for the Board came from a person who urged the supervisors to reconsider reopening the chambers and to consider going back to a virtual format.

At a special Shasta County board of supervisors meeting last week, the board voted 3-to-2 to reopen the chambers to the public

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