Remote citizen communication now available at Austin City Council meetings

Mayor Steve Adler, City of AustinThe public now has the ability to participate during General Citizen’s Communications during regularly-scheduled City Council meetings via video conferencing.

The City began piloting remote citizen communication on March 2, 2017 at three Austin public Library branches. This program has now been expanded to libraries in nine city council districts.

“Remote citizen communication makes government more accessible to Austinites,” said Mayor Steve Adler. “This allows the City Council to hear from people we might not normally hear from.”

Time is set aside at noon at each council meeting for a maximum of 10 individuals to address the city council on topics of their choice.

A person who intends to speak at this time must register in advance with the Office of the City Clerk. Registration must include the meeting date, name, contact information, and location (either in Council Chambers at the meeting or off-site at a participating library). Contact the Office of the City Clerk by phone (512-974-2210) or by email (citizens.communication@austintexas.gov) to sign up. The registration period for a given meeting begins at 9:00 am 14 days prior to the meeting and ends at 4:30 pm the following Thursday.

Beginning May 4, 2017, Remote Citizen Communication will be available from the following library branches:

  • Carver Branch (District 1)
  • Southeast Community Branch (District 2)
  • Ruiz Branch (District 3)
  • Little Walnut Creek Branch (District 4)
  • Manchaca Road Branch (District 5)
  • Spicewood Springs Branch (District 6)
  • Yarborough Branch (District 7)
  • Hampton Branch at Oak Hill (District 8)
  • City Hall will remain the District 9 Citizen Communications venue
  • Old Quarry Branch (District 10)

“This program makes connectivity and civic engagement easier, and our City Council more accessible to the Austin community,” said Interim City Manager Elaine Hart.

Library staff are trained and ready to assist people in using the video conferencing technology. For more information about the General Citizen Communication process please visit www.austintexas.gov/department/citizen-participation-council-meetings or contact the Clerk’s office at 512-974-2210.

For more information about citizen communication, visit www.austintexas.gov/council.

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