Back together again: South Jordan City government buildings return to regular hours and in-person council meetingsMay 11, 2021 11:51AM ● By Mariden Williams
Mayor Ramsey and the City Council stand with the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution at the first South Jordan City Council meeting in over a year. (South Jordan City Communications)
By Mariden Williams | [email protected]
After more than a year of online city council meetings and greatly reduced office hours, things are finally starting to return to a semblance of normal for South Jordan's city government.
Starting this May, South Jordan's government buildings will be returning to their normal schedules, after months of operating only during dramatically reduced hours. Additionally, city council meetings will now once again be held in person at South Jordan City Hall, rather than exclusively by Zoom.
On April 20, 2021, the South Jordan City Council convened for its first in-person meeting since everything closed down and went virtual last March. The jovial mood was evident even on recording; everybody was plainly happy to see each other.
"Welcome! To everyone! In person!" South Jordan Mayor Dawn Ramsey announced. "We are starting a couple minutes late, because we’ve all been chatting and catching up and going 'Hey, I remember you!' It's really nice to see you."
Overall, it was a much less formal council meeting than usual. There was business, of course; there was a tentative budget hearing, and Ramsey met with the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution to thank and recognize them for their service to the community, which this year included making lunches for first responders and handmade masks for people in need. But in addition to the business, there were jokes, and laughter, and frequent breakaways into side conversations, or discussions of dinner plans—the rustlings of people excited to, with the arrival of vaccines, finally resume doing all those things people like to do when they're not restricted by quarantine and screens.