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Posted on: March 22, 2020

UPDATE: City Board Meeting will be Virtual

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UPDATE: 

Siloam Springs Mayor John Mark Turner has announced that the April 7 meeting of the Board of Directors will take place in a virtual setting, via Zoom Video Conferencing. Using Zoom Video Conferencing, residents will be able to join the meeting online or by phone and will be able to provide comments that will be part on the record.  In-lieu of participating in the meeting via Zoom, residents who wish to provide comments as part of the regularly scheduled public input portion of the meeting, or on a particular agenda item, may email comments to the City Clerk, a minimum of 1-hour in advance of the workshop (no later than 4:30 p.m.), to have your comments read into the record. Please provide the agenda item number/letter when emailing. If your comments are meant for general public input, please state that.  You may email your comments to cityadmin@siloamsprings.com  or rellis@siloamsprings.com  


 If a resident wishes to participate in the Board meeting via Zoom, please follow these directions.   


Zoom online meeting instructions for the public (attendees):  

Time: Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 5:30 pm workshop and 6:30 pm Board of Directors meeting  

Join Zoom meeting via the Zoom video conferencing website or app (pc/Mac; iOS Android):   


 

Via the Internet:

Website: https://zoom.us/j/754803582  

If you are joining the meeting via pc/Mac or mobile device, please use your full name as your screen name. 


Via Phone:  

  • Dial in with telephone (toll free): +1 669-900-9128.   
  • You will be prompted to enter the meeting id#  
  • Meeting id: 754-803-582  
  • When prompted for a participant or attendee number, press #. 
  • The following commands can be entered using your phone’s dial pad while in a Zoom meeting:  
    • *6 - toggle mute/unmute  
    • *9 - raise hand  
    • *attendees utilizing the “dial in with telephone” feature will have their telephone number masked.  example: 1-479-****-777 All Zoom attendees will need to utilize the “raise their hand” function in the zoom meeting to be recognized when the public is asked if anyone wishes to speak.  
  • The moderator will unmute attendees when the forum is open for public commentary.  
  • All attendees will be muted automatically upon joining the meeting.

 

The following information is the original post from March 22. Since then Mayor Turner has announced the April 7 Board of Directors meeting will indeed be virtual. Please see the updated News Flash story with all the details and links for the meeting. https://www.siloamsprings.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=415


City Administrator Patterson did not say that the Arkansas Municipal League recommends having (City Board) meetings online and closed to the public as read in today’s edition of the Siloam Springs Herald Leader.

At the March 17 City Board meeting, City Administrator Phillip Patterson said, "As we talk about COVID-19 we got a lot of information from Municipal League; you’ve received information from Municipal League about how to deal with Board meetings and there’s been a lot of discussion Statewide about cities trying to have telecommuting Board meetings, which is prohibited by the State. The Municipal League was recommending that we consider postponing a Board meeting and not having it, or eliminating as many items on the agenda that aren’t required, that don’t need action. My concern is that we just continue to kick something down the road and not do that, but I want some feedback from the Board about how you’d like to see us handle this. We have a net metering workshop scheduled for April 7....

But I need to kind of know if you want to continue that because if not I need to let those residents know that we may have to change that workshop under the umbrella of, as you can see, trying to have fewer people attend the meeting, which is difficult when we have public meetings and we want to hear from the public. So I’d like to get a little bit of feel of how you would like us to go forward on that."

You can watch the Board meeting online, and see Mr. Patterson’s comments regarding COVID-19 at 1:20:00 in the video attached. https://siloamsprings.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php…


PLEASE NOTE- The upcoming Board of Director meetings will continue, with social distancing tactics in place. We strongly encourage those who do not have a vital need to attend to stay home. You may still have comments read into the record and have your voice hear by emailing cityadmin@siloamsprings.com   Please include in your email the request to have your comments entered into the record, and if you are responding to a particular board agenda item, which item that is, or if you just want your comments to be presenting during the public input portion of the meeting. Board meetings can be watched live via Cox Channel 245 or via the website https://siloamsprings.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=1 

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