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City Council business continues remotely

City Council’s business is going to continue through the COVID-19 pandemic.

A system is in place to allow people to contribute and listen to the council meeting remotely, said Council President Randall J. Allison.

Mayor Derek Slaughter has been briefed about these ongoing efforts by Christopher Cooley, of the city’s office of information technology, which will allow the council meeting to be done and to satisfy social distancing requirements, he said.

Council will leverage the virtual meeting platform Zoom, which allows collaboration of groups remotely by video conferencing and dial-in technology, he said.

The public will be able to watch the council session live through streaming capabilities. Access to the live meeting can be found at the following locations:

City of Williamsport website at www.cityofwilliamsport.org and by searching Williamsport City Council on YouTube.

As with all in-person council meetings, public comment is available and welcomed in this virtual format.

There are two times available during every council meeting – limited courtesy of the floor at the beginning of every meeting, and comments from the public at the end of every meeting.

The procedures for the public to leverage these opportunities to engage council during these upcoming virtual meetings are as follows:

• Limited courtesy of the floor: members of the public can request limited courtesy of the floor by requesting time to the city clerk by 3 p.m. the day before a regularly scheduled council meeting.

Requests can be sent by email at cityclerk@cityofwilliamsport.org, must include a contact phone number, and are limited to an item listed on the agenda.

For remote meetings, the office of information technology will call the requestor by phone to speak at their scheduled time.

• Comments from the public: members of the public can speak on any issue facing the city at the end of the meetings following comments from Council members and members of the administration.

Any member of the public wishing to speak at the end of council’s virtual meetings can call into the following number – 570-329-3314.

Calls will be managed by the office of information technology, and will be answered in the order that members of the public call in. Comments by the public are limited to three minutes.

All future meetings will continue to be held remotely until current social distancing measures are not needed, at which time all meetings will be held in person at Trade and Transit Centre II.

If you have any questions, please contact Allison by email at rjallison1@comcast.net or by phone at 570-419-7788.

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