Blaine City Council voted during its August 23 meeting to resume remote-only council meetings until the Washington state indoor mask mandate is lifted for fully vaccinated individuals. Council voted 5-1, with councilmember Sukhwant Singh Gill opposed and councilmember Richard May abstaining.
“I want to see people’s faces,” Blaine mayor Bonnie Onyon said during the meeting. “I want to read people’s faces.”
City council’s decision to start fully remote meetings at its next meeting on Monday, September 13 will not impact board, commission or committee meetings.
City council will still be able to conduct in-person council meetings when needed, such as when council moves into budget season and it’s easier for councilmembers to look at paperwork in-person in the council chambers.