The Vernon Township Council on August 22 approved an ordinance that will limit the number of times council members can attend a meeting virtually while expanding the amount of time the public can speak during the public comment portion of meetings.
Council members are allowed to attend by telephone or on Zoom, but each council member is only allowed two meetings by phone or video conference per year and no more than two council members can attend the same meeting virtually.
Any council member attending virtually must be on speaker phone or visible on screen.
Speakers will be allowed to speak for five minutes. Currently, speakers can only speak for three minutes.
Council President Patrick Rizzuto, Vice President Natalie Buccieri and Councilman Brian Lynch voted to pass it, while Councilmen Mike Furrey and Harry Shortway voted against it.
“The part that I object to this ordinance is to limit the number of video conferences that a council person can attend,” Shortway said.