RELEASE — Kingston City Council will move its meetings to City Hall’s second floor Memorial Hall beginning Tuesday, March 24 at 7pm until further notice. The relocation is being made to increase the social distance between members of Council, staff and members of the public. The meetings will continue to be live-streamed with real-time closed captioning and live-tweeted.
Additionally, all standing committees that meet in Council Chambers will likewise be relocated to Memorial Hall with their meetings live-streamed with real-time closed captioning.
Janet Jaynes, Deputy City Clerk is encouraging residents to stay engaged in the business of the City by watching Council and Committee meetings at home. Meeting agendas, and instructions for watching the live-stream and following on Twitter, are available on the council meetings page.
Public participation in Council and Committee meetings by residents and community stakeholders can be done electronically. To send communications to all members of Council, email the Office of the City Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org. Written communication satisfies a resident’s ability to appeal a decision under the Planning Act.
Seating capacity in Memorial Hall will be limited to fewer than 50 people as currently directed by the Ontario Government’s declaration of a state of emergency. Residents wanting to attend in person may be redirected to the Council Chamber where the meetings will be live-streamed.