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City to begin offering public forums online


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The city of Roswell will offer a series of public forums in a virtual format beginning this month through October.

The city had scheduled the public forums earlier in the year as it had the last two years, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic and health orders restricting large public gatherings, has now rescheduled the forums to take place through the online service GoToMeeting on the third Thursday of each month.

“They’re not exactly the same forums we had scheduled. Some of the dates may have changed and some of the topics may have shifted around, but most of the topics are as we had planned,” said Todd Wildermuth, public information officer for the city of Roswell.

The forums give city administrators, department directors and supervisors a chance to hear questions and concerns directly from the public, Wildermuth said.

“It was a pretty successful thing for the people that took advantage of it,” he said.

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The public can submit questions and suggest topics to discuss in the forums at www.surveymonkey.com/r/publicforum2020.

“There’s a place to type in a specific question they may have and there’s also a list of general topics they would like to see talked about,” Wildermuth said.

“We will probably draw on all those as we go through all the different forums for the rest of this year,” he said.

This month’s topic, at 5:30 p.m. June 18, will be “All Civic: How it all works together.”

Residents can attend the virtual forum at global.gotomeeting.com/join/823715565 using the access code 823-715-565 or by phone by calling 872-240-3212.

City Manager Joe Neeb will host each forum.

“Each forum, the city manager and perhaps at times other city supervisors, will give a presentation to open the forum and talk about the topic for those that are topical forums. For the two open ward forums, he’s going to try to look at what has been submitted through that webpage and do some sort of presentation that addresses the most common questions and concerns that we’re hearing,” Wildermuth said.

“After his presentation, then we’ll have a chance for people to ask questions through GoToMeeting on whatever topics before we wrap up the forum,” Wildermuth said.

All the forums will begin at 5:30 p.m. Upcoming dates and topics are:

• July 16: Citizen advisory boards, commissions and committees.

• Aug. 20: Open forum for Wards 3, 4 and 5.

• Sept. 17: Air Center/economic development.

• Oct. 15: Open forum for Wards 1 and 2.

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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