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Stevensville returns to remote Town Council meetings

Posted at 10:49 PM, Jul 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-22 09:09:11-04

STEVENSVILLE — Stevensville is going back to remote Town Council meetings in an effort to keep residents and council members safe during the recent spike in coronavirus cases in the Bitterroot.

The council had been holding meetings remotely during the first weeks of the pandemic, but then returned to in-person meetings June 1.

But now Mayor Brandon Dewey says the meetings are going virtual again "for the safety of citizens, staff and elected officials."

Dewey says Stevensville will be using a new real-time web form to allow people to send instant comments to Town Council members on agenda items during the meeting.

The first of the renewed virtual meetings come Wednesday as the council confronts the dispute that resulted in a reprimand for Councilman Bob Michalson over comments he'd made about other council members.

The council has also been in turmoil over the recall drive mounted against Mayor Dewey. That had been scheduled for a vote in early August, but it looks like a suit filed by Dewey challenging the recall could postpone a vote until later this year.