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In an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19, the public will be temporarily restricted from attending all Minot public meetings, including City Council and Planning Commission meetings, under changes allowed in an executive order by Gov. Doug Burgum.
The City will continue to live stream public meetings on multiple platforms and the public is encouraged to watch meetings on the City’s Facebook page, its YouTube channel, or on cable television channel 19. The City of Minot has also created a feedback form on its website at minotnd.org for anyone who wants to provide information or make their opinion known prior to a meeting. Those agendas are posted to the City’s website prior to meetings. Comments received by noon on the day of the meeting will be routed to Council members for their review and consideration prior to the meeting.
“We take the health and safety of our residents and our employees seriously, and like other cities in North Dakota have done, we feel it’s necessary to make this temporary change,” Minot Mayor Shaun Sipma said. “During this time, we want to make sure members of the public can share opinions or information with us, and that’s why we created the portal on the City’s website.”
Members of the media will be allowed to attend meetings, but in an effort to promote social distancing and limit public gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic, Burgum’s executive order issued March 30 suspended the requirement that a meeting room be available to the public and that a speakerphones or monitors be provided at a physical location when members of a governing body are meeting. Posted agendas for these meetings must include either a conference call number or an electronic link that provides real time or live streaming public access.
The changes also apply to Board of Equalization meetings that are regularly held in Council Chambers at City Hall.