Marshfield’s Widespread Council bans cell telephones throughout conferences

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019 3:31 a.m. CDT

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MARSHFIELD, WI (WSAU) — Mashfield’s Widespread Council has handed new pointers proscribing using digital units by officers throughout metropolis conferences, and metropolis administrator Steve Barg says the brand new ordinance features a full ban on using cell telephones at these conferences.

“The cell telephones have to be turned-off previous to conferences,” Barg defined.  “Initially the wording was that they have to be placed on vibrate, however then there was a movement made to simply flat-out flip them off to keep away from any disruption.”

Additionally underneath the brand new coverage, metropolis staff observing the conferences cannot use an digital system to speak about assembly agenda gadgets – which might violate open assembly legal guidelines – however they will use units like their laptops for doing different varieties of city-related work whereas the assembly is in progress.

Barg defined that, “Metropolis workers within the viewers can use their laptops and do work, offered that it is not in violation of the open assembly legislation in any method, form, or kind.”

In addition to desirous to remove potential violations of open assembly statutes, Barg says the brand new pointers have been prompted by considerations about common distractions and disruptions to metropolis conferences.

That new coverage was handed by Marshfield’s Widespread Council by a vote of Eight to 1, with Jason Zaleski casting the one ‘No’ vote.  Alderperson Rebecca Spiros was absent.

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