Basalt council takes crack at governing while maintaining social distancing

The Aspen Times: The Basalt town government took its first crack Tuesday night at holding a public hearing in the new world of social distancing and the coronavirus and registered a somewhat uneven performance.

The town plowed through with a joint hearing of the Basalt Planning and Zoning Commission and the Basalt Town Council to approve a land-use master plan. The document guides growth and sets the town’s priorities. Town officials have been working on it for about a year and most officials wanted to approve it before April 7, when as many as four positions on the seven-seat council could turn over.

For Tuesday night’s meeting, the mayor and mayor pro tem attended in person at council chambers while the other five council members listened in by phone. The planning commission worked out the same arrangement in an effort to keep fewer than 10 people congregating in chambers.

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