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File photo The public is introduced to a recent St. Clairsville City Council meeting. City officials announced this week that masks will be mandatory at upcoming meetings.

St. Clairsville officials are taking precautions in response to increasing COVID-19 cases in the region.

In-person board meetings will continue, but board chair Jim Velas announced on Tuesday that members and guests at future meetings and committee meetings will be required to wear masks.

“The cases of COVID have increased dramatically,” said Mayor Kathryn Thalman. “We will be evaluating the protocols for the construction of the city very soon. “

Two city workers are in quarantine after coming into contact with people positive for COVID-19. Tests will be offered to all employees.

In response to a question from the public, officials said people would be allowed to remove their masks when speaking.

Velas said there had been no discussion of returning to a telephone meeting format used by the board for almost a year. State law allowing virtual and remote meetings expired in July and new legislation is expected to be passed by the state. Thalman said it could be a possibility.

“Just looking at the trend in the numbers, it wouldn’t surprise me if at some point they roll it out again,” Thalman said.

Meanwhile, Thalman reported that the temporary bypass of the main water line was successful. Two weeks ago, the city started using a temporary water pipe to supply the water treatment plant. This was after the old line leaked and Security and Services Director Jeremy Greenwood feared a major break was on the horizon.

“There were a few places where the water got somewhat cloudy in the city, but it was quickly thinned out by flushing the hydrants,” Thalman said.

Greenwood said there was a small leak on the temporary line, which was repaired on Monday.

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