The Ridgecrest City Council seems to be taking the pandemic more seriously these days — at least in terms of modeling protective practices during the pandemic.
At the Jan. 7 meeting Mayor Eric Bruen, Vice Mayor Solomon Rajaratnam and Council Member Kyle Blades were all wearing masks. Mayor Pro Tem Scott Hayman, Council Member Michael Mower and Strand were not.
Bruen alluded to RRH CEO Jim Suver's comment to the Rotary Club of China Lake last week. Suver during that Zoom meeting noted that many members of the Ridgecrest City Council appeared to never wear masks, although he may have been referring to former members no longer on the council.
"Suver at Rotary kind of called us out," Bruen said. "And there's at least three of us that heard it for sure."
Mower said that he sometimes had difficulty hearing those wearing masks because their voices were muffled. Bruen later removed his mask while reading a prepared statement during council comments so he could be more clearly heard.
The meeting was closed to in-person public attendance due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The city council also talked about having Suver call into city council meetings as he did early in the pandemic to answer council and public comments.