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City Council

Upcoming Council Meeting

Public participation can be done by phone, Zoom on-line meeting link, or email.

Date/Time

July 14, 2020 at 6 p.m MST

Meeting Type

  • Special meeting

Agenda

Public Participation

FCTV

  • Watch live stream (starts at 6 p.m. on Tue July 14 )
  • Watch live on cable channels 14 and 881

Accessibility

The City of Fort Collins will make reasonable accommodations for access to City services, programs, and activities and will make special communication arrangements for persons with disabilities. This includes language access to all individuals who have a limited ability to speak, read, write, or understand English by providing interpreters free of charge and translation of vital documents for persons who utilize the City's services. Please call 221- 6515 (V/TDD: Dial 711 for Relay Colorado) for assistance.

Accesibilidad

La ciudad de Fort Collins coordinará todo lo necesario para el acceso a los servicios, programas y actividades de la ciudad, y organizará aspectos especiales en relación con la comunicación para personas con discapacidades. Esto incluye servicios de idiomas para todas las personas que tengan capacidades limitadas para hablar, leer, escribir o comprender el idioma inglés, por medio de intérpretes sin cargo y la traducción de documentos vitales para las personas que utilizan los servicios de la ciudad. Llame al 221-6515 para recibir asistencia (V/TDD: Marque 711 para comunicarse con el sistema de retransmisión de Colorado).


Remote Meeting Participation

COVID-19 Impact on City Council Meetings

Due to guidance from health officials, including County and State safer-at-home orders, City Council is holding meetings remotely as much as possible with in-person "hybrid" meetings held as necessary to allow for both remote and in-person public comments in City Hall. See this May 14 press release for more information on in-person public participation. 

For updates on the City’s emergency response, please visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information page.  

Items are only being considered by City Council during the emergency if they are deemed to be of the highest importance. The criteria for how that decision is made may be found in this April 8, 2020 Agenda Prioritization Memo

The City of Fort Collins is committed to transparency and public participation continues to be a critical part of Council deliberation. City Council meetings are broadcast on FCTV Channels 14 & 881 and streamed live online. If you are not planning to make public comments during the meeting, please view the FCTV broadcast.  

The online platform Zoom is being used to facilitate City Council meetings because of its ease of use and outstanding accessibility. Due to recent software upgrades by Zoom and the City's proactive steps to manage the platform, earlier concerns about cyber security have been mitigated. Additionally, community members participating through Zoom will be automatically muted when joining the meeting, and video feeds will not be displayed to City staff or other participants.

Please follow the instructions below if you would like to provide public comment or speak to an agenda item.

Making Public Comment During Council Meetings

Remote public participation is welcome during City Council meetings as part of the general Public Comment section of the agenda and for any specific agenda item scheduled or pulled for discussion. 

Online: To make public comments remotely during the upcoming City Council meeting from your computer or smartphone, click on "participate remotely in Council meeting" at the top of this page after 5:15pm on the day of the meeting. If there is no link currently it means the upcoming meeting will be televised but does not include public participation (e.g.; a Council Work Session) or that it has not been posted yet. 

For instructions on how to access the meeting online, scroll down or review this detailed instruction guide. If you are encountering difficulties connecting to the meeting, please see Zoom's troubleshooting info

Call-in: To join the meeting and provide comments via phone use the phone number and meeting ID posted at the top of this page prior to each Council meeting (usually on Thursday evenings). If there is no phone number currently posted it means the upcoming meeting will be televised but does not include public participation (e.g.; a Council Work Session) or that it has not been posted yet. 

Asking to Speak: To indicate you wish to make a comment during the meeting click “raise hand” online or press *9 on a phone keypad (the star symbol followed by the number nine). Staff will unmute and identify you by name or by the last three digits of your phone number so you can speak during the public comment portion of the meeting. 

Please contact the City Clerk’s Office at (970) 221-6515 if you have questions about call-in options.

Note: due to the broadcast delay and audio feedback, when joining by phone you should not watch the meeting on FCTV at the same time.

Submit Public Comment in Advance: To submit any written public comments to be considered by City Council please email Q2l0eUxlYWRlcnNAZmNnb3YuY29t. If you are writing about a specific agenda item, please include that detail in the email subject line. 

How to Participate in a Zoom Meeting

Zoom Screenshot Sample
 

Step 1: Click/tap "Participate remotely in Council meeting" above. 

Step 2: When you enter a meeting via the link, you will see a screen that looks like the image to the left. Follow the instructions on the screen.

Step 3: You will join the meeting and be automatically muted. Your video feed will not be displayed to City staff or other meeting participants.

Step 4: When the Mayor asks for public comment, Zoom participants can click “raise hand” (*9 if calling in on a phone). Staff will unmute you and identify you by name or phone number so you can speak during the public comment portion of the meeting. 

For a more detailed guide to Zoom meeting participation, click here.

NOTE: Technology is not infallible. Your ability to participate via the internet is partially reliant on your bandwidth. To preserve bandwidth consider closing other applications and programs on your device. Only individuals who wish to address City Council should join the Zoom meeting. Anyone who wants to watch the meeting, but not address Council, should view the broadcast on FCTV.