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Participating in your local government is easier than ever! Outside the Council Chamber at 200 N. Fifth St., two new kiosks allow residents to voice their opinions on agenda issues for City Council, Plan Commission and any City board or commission that posts its agenda electronically.
Sign in using your name, address, phone number and email. The next page presents the individual agenda items. Choose the item you’re registering an opinion on, then proceed to the specific request for a “point of view.”
In addition to registering your position, you can also note whether you want to speak live to the Council, or the board or commission that is hosting the meeting. Once the input is submitted, it becomes part of the permanent record of the meeting.
City Secretary René Dowl and Council Assistant Carma Potter will be available before and during the meetings to help residents get accustomed to the kiosks. The machines replace a system of handwritten comments on speaker cards.
Also, the ability to connect to meetings via Zoom isn’t going away. The virtual meeting link, its “raise hand” function and public comments will remain available to all who wish to participate from home — or other sites away from City Hall.