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New public participation options announced for Winchester City Council meetings

6 August 2020 Covid19 Winchester News


Beginning Aug. 11, community members will have additional ways of addressing Winchester City Council during the public comment and public hearing sections of meeting agendas.

In addition to the online public comment form, individuals now have the option to call in or use the Webex platform to address City Council live during meetings.

Each person who chooses to speak, instead of submitting the online form, will be called upon and unmuted when it’s their turn. To help with this process, community members wishing speak at meetings are asked to sign up in advance using any of the below options:

  1. Email clerk@winchesterva.gov
  2. Call 540-667-1815, ext. 1502 or 1670
  3. Send a private message via the city’s Facebook page: facebook.com/winchestervagov/
  4. Provide information on the sign-up sheet available at the Jim Barnett Park Recreation Center 

Those wishing to address City Council who did not sign up in advance can still speak but must be logged in on the Webex platform online (not via phone). When the public comment period or public hearing begins, press the “wave your hand” button, indicating you’d like to speak. Please be sure to include your name when you log in so the moderator can call on you when appropriate.

Further instructions with screenshots regarding how to use the Webex platform will be posted soon at winchesterva.gov/government. A link to the instruction will also be available via the city’s agenda portal.

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