New Braunfels to end videoconference option for public meetings beginning Sept. 10

The city will continue to stream live videos of some meetings, and recordings will be available on the city website. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)
The city will continue to stream live videos of some meetings, and recordings will be available on the city website. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)

The city will continue to stream live videos of some meetings, and recordings will be available on the city website. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)

Beginning Sept. 10, the city of New Braunfels will no longer offer live videoconferencing for public meetings.

The change was made due to shrinking public participation in virtual meetings, a strain on staff resources and to align with Open Meetings Act regulations, according to city officials.

On June 30, Gov. Greg Abbott approved Attorney General Ken Paxton’s request to lift the open meeting law suspensions that had been suspended in March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Through the suspension, governmental bodies were able to utilize virtual platforms to conduct meetings during the pandemic, and many entities offered both in-person and virtual options for the public to participate in meetings.

Following the governor’s approval, all open meeting requirements resumed Sept. 1, and entities wishing to utilize virtual tools must comply with open meetings laws and guidelines.


New Braunfels City Council meetings and several other public meetings will continue to be streamed live to the city website, Spectrum Channel 21 and AT&T U-Verse Channel 99.

Recordings of each meeting are posted online following their conclusion.
By Lauren Canterberry

Reporter, New Braunfels

Lauren joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in October 2019. After graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, Lauren was a freelance journalist and worked as a college English teacher in China. At CI, Lauren covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in New Braunfels.



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