Mount Shasta continues business during pandemic

Kelsey Shelton

Mount Shasta City Council members have been adapting to the new COVID-19 pandemic reality. By use of teleconference calls and Zoom, the council has been able to continue city business while following Governor Newsom’s adjustments to the Brown Act.

The council is now able to meet remotely while allowing the public to be included in meeting proceedings and public comment.

This month’s meetings on April 13 and 27 included the approval of second readings and adoptions of agenda items including regulating garbage, refuse, and solid waste; amending accessory dwelling units; approving CDBG grant programs; and more recently, discussions regarding the California Transportation Commission being eligible for road maintenance and rehabilitation funds.

On Monday, the council discussed an emergency preparedness guide which would include safety tips for a variety of emergencies such as fire and tips for dealing with COVID-19.

The councilors voted to make emergency preparedness an agenda item at one of their next meetings.

The council also discussed the potential reopening of the county. The county’s plan, if adopted and approved by the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors and permitted by Governor Newsom, would allow the county to phase open while meeting adjustments with public health and safety codes.

The council will discuss a city plan for implementing reopening at a future meeting.

Mount Shasta City Council meetings begin promptly at 5:30 p.m. Agendas are available on the city’s website at

Members of the public are invited to attend these meetings via teleconference or Zoom while social distancing guidelines are in place. Links on how to access, and standard public comment procedures are listed on the weekly agenda, and can be found posted at city hall.

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