OLDS — There will be no council meetings until Aug. 24.
During council’s July 13 council meeting, mayor Michael Muzychka said town staff really need the break after running flat out during the COVID-19 lockdown.
“We’re going to have a little bit of hiatus to give — especially our staff — some very much needed rest after the COVID season and everything we had. We have a number of staff members running on empty here,” he said.
“Hopefully, everybody can get a little bit of rest and relaxation and enjoy the weather outside and come back all refreshed at the end of the summer and we’ll get back at work.”
When that Aug. 24 meeting does occur, it will be held at 1 p.m., not 6 p.m. as originally scheduled.
Coun. Wanda Blatz urged council to move it to 1 p.m. because by then, council will not have met for a long time, so the agenda could be pretty lengthy.
Coun. Mary Jane Harper asked whether that meeting will be held electronically, as meetings have been since the lockdown began.
Staff aren’t sure yet, chief administrative officer Michael Merritt said.
“We are still looking at options,” he said.
“If it is held in person, there’s definitely a likelihood that we’ll be wearing masks; we are still in a COVID situation and we don’t know what the changes could be to the health authorities in the next 30-some days.”