Auburn City Council allows residents back into meetings

AUBURN – The Auburn City Council is welcoming residents back to Auburn Hall for meetings.
The council has been holding video meetings since April 6, but in June and July, councilors and staff have slowly and carefully adjusted back to in-person meetings, although public attendance was not permitted.
While Council Chambers will be limited to mayor, council and a handful of key staff, attendees are welcome in Auburn Hall and will gather across the hallway in the Community Room to watch a livestream of the meeting. The meeting will also be aired on Great Falls TV (cable channel 1302) and on the city’s YouTube channel.
The first meeting residents will be able to attend is at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3.
Public comment is an essential part of any local government meeting, city officials said. It is an opportunity for members of the public to inform the governing body about their views. Anyone in attendance wishing to offer public comment during council meetings will be invited to enter council chambers and make their remarks from the podium during the public comment session.
The city will continue to take public comment in written form from those who are not comfortable or are unable to attend public meetings at this time. Comments, including name and address, should be emailed to comments@auburnmaine.gov. Similarly, an electronic public comment form is available on the City Council page of Auburn’s website, www.auburnmaine.gov. With the exception of the Aug. 3 meeting, comments must be received by 3 p.m. on the Friday before a council meeting and will be included in the meeting minutes.