Newport News City Council meeting to be held virtually

Jessica Nolte, The Daily Press

Newport News City Council will cancel its work session Tuesday and return to electronic meetings because of increasing coronavirus cases in the region and the current restrictions limiting gatherings to 10 people.

Citizens can watch the meeting on the city’s TV channel (Cox 48, Verizon 19), on the city’s website and through Facebook Live. The council will accept comments for the scheduled public hearings via email, voicemail, website and mail.

The public comment period for the meeting will open when the meeting begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday and remain available until 7 p.m. Jan. 26.

Newport News is the only Hampton Roads city or Peninsula county, that does not stream or post video recordings of its work sessions.

The council has been holding its work sessions at the Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center to allow for physical distancing during the pandemic. At previous work sessions, when gatherings were capped at 25 people, individuals had to wait outside the room where the meeting was held when it reached capacity. There were no loudspeakers to broadcast the meeting for those waiting in the hallways.

The agenda for the canceled work session was not available online Sunday. At the Dec. 8 work session — the city’s last before the holidays — the council delayed its conversation about the Capital Improvements Plan for the fiscal year 2022-2026 because of time constraints.

To submit a comment for the council’s meeting you can email council@nnva.gov, leave a voicemail at 757-926-8734, use the city’s online public comment form or mail comments to City Council, 2400 Washington Avenue, Newport News, VA 23607.

The agenda for the City Council’s regular meeting is available on the city’s website.

Jessica Nolte, 757-912-1675, jnolte@dailypress.com