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Live-streamed meetings to include public participation

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To help comply with public health orders and recommendations on public gatherings, the city of Roswell will conduct public meetings through video conferencing software.

The GoToMeeting software will allow city councilors and other officials to attend meetings remotely while also allowing public participation, City Manager Joe Neeb said during a report to the City Council at its special meeting Thursday evening at the Roswell Convention and Civic Center.

City councilors Henderson and Moore attended that meeting via the software.

“You can see that we are utilizing the technology so our city councilors can participate in these meeting from home in a different manner because we’re in unprecedented territory,” Neeb said.

During that meeting, the council approved a resolution declaring the city an emergency area due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The resolution will allow the city to apply for state and federal resources and financial reimbursements related to slowing the spread of the disease.

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The city is using two versions of the GoToMeeting application, one that allows the meeting participants to attend virtually. The other will allow up to 250 members of the public to log in.

“We do it a lot different than a lot of people out there. We enjoy the public participation in this. So along with the live streaming, we will be utilizing that other GoToMeeting section so that people can log on to do the public participation from home,” Neeb said.

Standing committees will also meet at the RCCC so those meetings can be live streamed with the software as well. Citizen advisory committee meetings will be postponed until orders about public gatherings are lifted.

The city has also increased its use of social media to help inform the public, Neeb said.

“If you want to know what happens that day within our structure, you’ll see it on Facebook first,” Neeb said.

The city is also providing updates on city services through the “COVID-19 updates” tab on the city website, roswell-nm.gov.

“As we move through this thing, any change to our service will be listed,” he said.

To keep up with local coverage of the coronavirus, go to rdrnews.com/category/news/covid-19-situation/.

City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.

 

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