PHOTOS: Without face masks, Leander City Council holds first in-person meeting since March 19

Leander City Council met in-person May 7 for the first time since March 19. (Taylor Girtman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Leander City Council met in-person May 7 for the first time since March 19. (Taylor Girtman/Community Impact Newspaper)

Leander City Council met in-person May 7 for the first time since March 19. (Taylor Girtman/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Leander City Council met in-person May 7 for the first time since March 19. (Taylor Girtman/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Leander City Council met in-person May 7 for the first time since March 19. (Taylor Girtman/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Leander City Council regularly meets in Pat Bryson Municipal Hall, at 201 N. Brushy St., Leander. (Taylor Girtman/Community Impact Newspaper)

Leander City Council sat together on May 7 for its first in-person regular meeting since March 19.

Five city council members, Mayor Troy Hill, City Manager Rick Beverlin and City Secretary Dara Crabtree sat in their regular seats—most sitting less than the recommended 6-foot distance from the next person—at the council dais. Council member Christine Sederquist attended via videoconference. No government officials were wearing face masks.



The meeting was limited to 25 attendees, according to city spokesperson Mike Neu, and presenters were given the option to present remotely. City council had an additional screen to see call-in speakers.

Three previous city council meetings were held via teleconference to reduce close contact, according to Gov. Greg Abbott's March 16 allowance of virtual meetings to reduce large gatherings of people and mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

City council met at 5 p.m. for a briefing workshop regarding 2020 public involvement on the city comprehensive plan. Council members Sederquist and Michelle Stephenson did not attend the briefing in-person. Council reconvened at 7 p.m. for the regular meeting.

By Taylor Girtman
Taylor Girtman became the reporter for the Cedar Park-Leander edition in Feb. 2020.


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