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Posted on: August 21, 2020

How to Participate in Public Comment Virtually


How to Participate in Public Comment Virtually

Based on public feedback regarding our previous public comment process, we have developed a couple more ways in which you can participate in public meetings virtually.  

Email Common Council Through Agenda Link

Every agenda posted online includes a link to an online form that sends an email to all of Council. These are not read into the record, but will be included as an attachment to meeting minutes.

Register to Speak at a Meeting Via Zoom

At 9am on the day of a Council meeting (including standing committees) a link will be open to register for speaking at the beginning of the meeting via Zoom. The first hour of the meeting will be used for Public Comment. Up to 40 people can register to speak. Registration will close at 3pm so that we can calculate how much time each person will be allotted. If you register, you will be emailed the Zoom link later that day. Use that link to sign in and enter the Zoom waiting room. You will be moved into the meeting for your allotted time in the order that you registered to speak. You must be present in the waiting room when your turn is called or you will forfeit your time. You can use video or telephone to participate. 

Get Creative: Send us a Social Media Link

Send us a social media video with your thoughts and ideas. You can send it in using the link found on each agenda for emailing in public comment and then the URL to your video will also be included in the public record.

The City of Ithaca wants to hear from you! While we can’t offer in person comment or meetings, we hope that these options will provide you with more ways to stay engaged.