Note: Chair Libby Garvey’s quote in this press release was corrected on April 18, 2020 to reflect her statement that the Board believes the General Assembly will confirm the Board’s authority to meet virtually during an emergency.)
Arlington County Board Chair Libby Garvey announced today that the County Board plans to defer all items on its April 18 Board Meeting Agenda for a week, until after the General Assembly’s April 22 reconvened session. Legislators are reconvening to act on amendments sent down by Gov. Ralph Northam, including an item that clarifies and confirms the authority of public bodies to meet virtually during emergency declarations.
Regular Meeting set for Sat., April 25, Recessed for Tues., April 28
The Board will convene its meeting virtually on April 18 at 8:30 am to take a vote to defer all agenda items originally scheduled for the April 18 Meeting to 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 25, and to defer all agenda items on the April Recessed Meeting, originally scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21, to Tuesday, April 28, starting at 3 p.m.
“With our residents following the Governor’s Stay At Home Order, the Board believes it is prudent to wait a week to consider our April Agenda items,” Garvey said. “We believe that by then, the legislature will have confirmed our authority to meet virtually during the coronavirus pandemic in the interest of protecting the health of the public, County staff and Board Members. I apologize for any inconvenience this late change of date may cause applicants or members of the public and ask for your patience in this unprecedented emergency.”
The April Board Meeting agendas and staff reports are available on the County website.
The County Board will meet virtually on both April 25 and April 28 and will take no in-person public comment. The Board will publish procedures for virtual public testimony on the County Board website once they are finalized.
The public may email comments on April agenda items for the Board’s consideration until Friday, April 24, 2020, for the April 25 Regular Meeting and until Monday, April 27, 2020, for the April 28 Recessed Meeting, to: CountyBoard@arlingtonva.us