Nottinghamshire County Council needs to borrow £70m in the next year to balance its books, the finance committee was told.
Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service says lessons could be learnt as figures showed its average response time is higher than national average.
A councillor has raised concerns over safety if masks are not worn during full council meetings.
The region's two biggest hospitals have been warned by independent inspectors that they are failing to meet legal standards of patient care.
A Nottinghamshire County Council pensions meeting was held up for eight minutes by Extinction Rebellion campaigners shouting from the public gallery.