The public can now watch Richmond city council committee meetings, special council meetings and public hearings livestreamed and, if they want to participate, can phone in to give comments.
For the most part, councillors have been participating by videoconference in public meetings. On Tuesday, they moved the committee meeting into council chambers for better streaming.
After registering for telephone participation in meetings, participants will receive instructions on how they will be connected on the day of the meeting along with any procedural requirements.
They can also submit comments on meeting agenda items by email to CityClerk@richmond.ca or mail to: Mayor and Councillors, City of Richmond, 6911 No. 3 Road, Richmond, B.C., V6Y 2C1.
Meetings will be livestreamed for the foreseeable future due to the pandemic at www.richmond.ca/watchonline.
While the public can still attend meetings of council in person, measures remain in place to respect physical distancing requirements and adhere to recommended preventative measures to limit the spread of COVID-19, for example, many of the chairs are blocked so people can’t sit too close together.
More information is available at www.richmond.ca/cityhall/council/phone-participation.