In an effort to enhance public participation in City Council meetings while public health restrictions remain in place, the City of Yuma is conducting a pilot program for residents to try for this Wednesday’s meeting.
This pilot program will enable citizens to join the May 6 meeting using the conferencing software service Zoom using a computer or telephone. Once linked to the meeting through Zoom, residents can view and hear the meeting in real time.
To access the meeting, direct your web browser to cityofyuma.zoom.us and then click on “Calendar.” Select the City meeting and click “Join” to enter the meeting on your device or use one of the published phone numbers to join the meeting by phone. You may be prompted for your name and email address.
The meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Consistent with the March 13, 2020 Arizona Attorney General opinion relating to Arizona’s Open Meeting Law and COVID-19, in order to protect the public and reduce the chance of COVID-19 transmission, the meeting will be conducted remotely through technological means.
Residents wishing to view the meeting in real time on their connected devices may also continue to do so on cable television channel 73 or online, by clicking on the Yuma Live Stream 73 through the Video link on the City’s website or directly visiting yuma.peg.tv.
The Zoom technology will allow residents to comment on agenda items or participate in Call to the Public. However, those wishing to do so must email firstname.lastname@example.org by 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Agendas can be accessed via the Agenda quick link at yumaaz.gov. Additionally, it is advisable to include your name, number and the text of your comment in that email, so that your comment may be read into the record in the event of connection failure or technological mishap.
The City additionally asks those who choose to participate in the meeting via Zoom to submit feedback on their user experience to that public comment email address following the meeting. The City will use received feedback to refine the meeting environment for future meetings.
Additional instructions for joining the meeting are available here.