Chattanooga City Council back in chambers

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CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee– Chattanooga City Council has taken place virtually for almost the past year.

Since April 7th of 2020, Chattanooga City Council meetings have been virtual. Tuesday however, it turned back into in person.

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“There’s something that’s just much more personable to be back in person and being able to see everybody. Talk to everybody rather than looking at them on a computer screen,” said Chairman Chip Henderson.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, plexiglass, social distancing, and mask wearing were still of effect.

Chattanooga City Council still had the meeting streamed online as well which created a couple of issues such as Councilmember Russell Gilbert’s mic not working for a minute.

“Today we are doing a hybrid, so we were doing a little virtual and then obviously in person as well. Trying to combine the two was a little bit of a challenge but we made it work. IT did a great job for us,” said Henderson.

Councilmember Jerry Mitchell was also recognized during the meeting due to it being his last in-person meeting.

“I thought it was important for him to end in person and that was one of the reasons I wanted to bring the council back in the chambers. Obviously, we have two more Council members that will be leaving us. Their last meeting will be next Tuesday but councilman Mitchell has just been a wealth of knowledge early on we looked at his leadership when we were first coming in our first term,” said Henderson.

Due to the municipal run-off election taking place on April 13th the City Council has changed next week’s Agenda Session and committees will start at 1:30 p.m. and the Council meeting will start at 4:00 p.m.