RELEASE — The City of Kingston has put a process in place to allow those wishing to address Council or a committee to appear as a delegation during virtual meetings.
“This allows us to continue to offer residents and stakeholders the ability to speak directly to these decision-makers about items on their agendas as they meet electronically during the COVID-19 pandemic,” says John Bolognone, City Clerk.
Before the pandemic, delegates could come to City Hall in person to offer their thoughts on a City Council or committee meeting agenda item. Appearing as a delegation in the virtual or electronic meeting space requires a couple of extra steps, but the Clerk’s Office will help you through it.
Bring your voice to municipal government – it’s easier than you think!
Delegations must pre-register by noon on the day of the meeting to provide time for them and staff to ensure their technology is functioning properly. City Council and committee meetings are conducted using Zoom and YouTube and both platforms are free to access without downloading. The video function for delegations will not be turned on, ensuring that the inside of a delegation’s home will not be shown to members of the public.
Review the agenda and reports for the next Council meeting, then apply to appear before Council or Committees and speak to the issues that matter to you most on the delegations page. The agenda and reports for the next Council meeting on May 19 will be available on May 14.
All residents can stay engaged with Council and committees by watching the live-stream or archived of meetings on the Kingston City Council YouTube channel.
Release source: City of Kingston