No date for when the payment would begin was set, and Grand Traverse Pavilions CEO
"To my knowledge there isn't any widespread request that this is something the community is asking for," Hansen said Monday during a meeting of the county's
"I question going down this road based on one person who isn't even a
The "one person" Hansen referenced is
Gerring lives in
The Pavilions is owned by
Gerring proposed in 2018 the DHHS videotape its meetings and upload them to the government tv section of
After the board voted down the proposal
"I thought the purpose of the public meetings was to give the community a platform," Gerring said Monday, during the first public comment period at the DHHS board meeting.
The meeting was call-in only and all three board members -- Chair
Others on the call included Gerring, Bruce,
Without videoconferencing, Pepper said, it was impossible for meeting attendees to know who was speaking.
"Why not Zoom?" she asked, referencing the popular videoconferencing software program, the use of which has become ubiquitous during the pandemic.
La Pointe said County IT Director
Webex offers various pricing plans depending on features desired and number of participants, information on its website shows.
A "small teams" plan that includes videoconferencing, cloud storage and recording for up to 50 participants is
DHHS board members have previously expressed concerns about cost and computer storage capability.
Hanson's memo gave several non-financial reasons for opposing the videotaping proposal, including lack of public interest, lack of precedence and that the facility, while public, received no millage funding.
"A county medical care facility is not equivalent to a county, township or municipal government that make public policy decisions and conducts the people's business utilizing public funds," Hanson wrote to the board. "What the county does should not be used as an equivalent basis for Pavilions operations."
The Grand Traverse Pavilions is funded by Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance reimbursements and funds raised by the
La Pointe, the county commission's liaison to the Pavilions DHHS board, said while the facility no longer receives millage funding, it was built with
"People will get up and there will be grandstanding, that's just how it goes," La Pointe said. "In public comment, people can say whatever they want to say."
"Public comments provide another point of view," Gerring added. "Because of the pandemic, the public is more interested in what one needs to know before putting a loved one in a nursing home."
The Pavilions has tested several residents for COVID-19, Coleman reported Monday, and all tests have so far been negative.
Nationwide, outbreaks of the virus have spread rapidly through nursing homes and public data released by the state
The proposal to have the board pay for the videotaping passes unanimously, though there was no further discussion of a videoconferencing software package.
"How do we handle that as far as the rules we have set up that nobody is allowed inside the Pavilions now?" Soffredine asked.
"They cannot come in our facility at this time," Coleman said. "Recording the board meetings at this time is not a mandate by any Open Meetings Act."
"Then I assume that wouldn't go forward until we're able to meet in person again," Soffredine said.
Videoconferencing software does not require members meet in person, nor would it require having a videographer visit the Pavilions.
The next meeting of the DHHS board is
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