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City plans new series of virtual public forums


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The city of Roswell has planned a series of 10 virtual public forums for 2021, beginning Thursday, Feb. 18, with an open discussion focusing on Ward 5, which covers a large portion of the southern part of the city.

The city launched virtual public forums last year amid restrictions on in-person gatherings that were put in place by the state as a result of the pandemic. The virtual public forums are designed to help keep Roswell’s citizens and their city administration connected and able to stay informed about and discuss topics important to the community.

Hosted by City Manager Joe Neeb, each forum will feature appropriate experts from the various city departments. Some forums will cover specific topics while others will be open discussions focused on a particular ward of the city.

Each forum will be accessible on the city’s social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, YouTube), through which questions can be submitted during the forum. Citizens can also watch and listen to each forum on the city website (roswell-nm.gov) by clicking on the “Live Stream” button. (A questions-and-comments option is not available on the website.)

The Roswell Public Library will set up a computer and large screen on which to show each forum in an area of the library that can accommodate a group and maintain current health precautions. This is being made available for anyone who does not have internet or may have slow internet. Library staff will submit any questions citizens may wish to ask during a forum.

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Each forum will take place the third Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m. This year’s virtual public forums are:

• Feb. 18: Ward 5.

• March 18: Money Matters: Enterprise Funds.

• April 15: Ward 4.

• May 20: Streets/Road Improvement Project Plan.

• June 17: Ward 3.

• July 15: Public Safety.

• Aug. 19: Ward 2.

• Sept. 16: City Projects/Capital Outlay.

• Oct. 21: Ward 1.

• Nov. 18: Community Development.

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