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Trustees Enter Zoom Era

Updated: Apr 14, 2020

The Lake Bluff Village Board of Trustees conducted business as usual on April 13 – well not entirely as usual. For the first time ever, the village held its regularly scheduled board meeting online via Zoom Video Webinars. Members of the public were able to watch AND participate in the meeting.

What is Zoom? And how does this work?

Many of us had not heard of Zoom until Illinois issued Stay-at-Home orders on March 21 to halt the spread of COVID-19. Soon everyone in the state (as well as most of the U.S.) was working and/or studying remotely from home. We needed to connect with colleagues, teachers and classmates, as well as with family and friends. Enter Zoom -- a computer application that enables users to virtually meet via their computers, tablets and smartphones. Remember the opening image of the “Brady Bunch” with all eight Bradys plus Alice? That is sort-of what the layout of a Zoom teleconference looks like.

Village trustees encouraged people to virtually attend their meeting on Monday evening. The meeting was set up – as much as possible – like a traditional board meeting, except for the fact that trustees and viewers were in their own homes instead of at Village Hall. Members of the public could speak at the start of the meeting and before each agenda item. Staff members managed the meeting so that there was order and not everyone could talk at the same time!

Click here for the agenda to Monday evening's meeting.

The village very strongly recommended that people upload Zoom and get familiar with it before the meeting. The village staff was not able to provide tech support. Click here for the Village’s Video Meeting Guide.

The village board OK'd a special use permit for a new pub in downtown Lake Bluff. Click here to read a separate Lake Bluff Strong story about that issue.