Remote Public Meetings

Background

Consistent with the Governor’s orders suspending certain provisions of the Open Meeting Law and banning gatherings of more than 10 people, this meeting will be conducted by remote participation to the greatest extent possible.  

The public may not physically attend this meeting but every effort will be made to allow the public to view and listen to the meeting in real-time.

Given the rapidly changing circumstances surrounding coronavirus (COVID-19), the City of Gloucester is taking unprecedented precautionary measures to limit person to person contact and slow the spread of the virus.

In light of these precautionary measures, we will be presenting a "Virtual Public Meeting Forum".

In the event that a live transmission proves unworkable for any reason, an audio or video recording, transcript or other comprehensive record of the meeting will be made available on the City’s website as soon as possible.

Instructions for joining a public meeting are included at the bottom of this page.

Upcoming Events 
 

Wednesday October 21

5:00 PM
School Committee Building & Finance Sub-Committee Meeting
Join from Computer, Smart Device: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83322990170
Join via Phone: +1 (312) 626-6799, Alternate: +1 (346) 248-7799
Meeting ID: 833 2299 0170

5:30 PM
Planning & Development Standing Committee Meeting
Join from Computer, Smart Device: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82616033039
Join via Phone: +1 (312) 626-6799, Alternate: +1 (346) 248-7799
Meeting ID: 826 1603 3039

5:30 PM
Gloucester Cultural Council Meeting
Join from Computer, Smart Device: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82361237344
Join via Phone: +1 (312) 626-6799, Alternate: +1 (346) 248-7799
Meeting ID: 823 6123 7344

6:00 PM
Conservation Commission Meeting
Join from Computer, Smart Device: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82212084654
Join via Phone: +1 (312) 626-6799, Alternate: +1 (346) 248-7799
Meeting ID: 822 1208 4654

6:30 PM
School Committee Personnel Sub-Committee Meeting
Join from Computer, Smart Device: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89073800130
Join via Phone: +1 (312) 626-6799, Alternate: +1 (346) 248-7799
Meeting ID: 890 7380 0130

Thursday October 22

5:30 PM
Budget & Financing Standing Committee Meeting
Join from Computer, Smart Device: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81458763269
Join via Phone: +1 (312) 626-6799, Alternate: +1 (346) 248-7799
Meeting ID: 814 5876 3269

7:00 PM
Zoning Board of Appeals Special Meeting
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Join via Phone: +1 (312) 626-6799, Alternate: +1 (346) 248-7799
Meeting ID: 830 0262 2223

Monday October 26

3:30 PM
School Committee Personnel Sub-Committee Meeting
Join from Computer, Smart Device: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82676212487
Join via Phone: +1 (312) 626-6799, Alternate: +1 (346) 248-7799
Meeting ID: 826 7621 2487

Tuesday October 27

7:30 PM
School Committee East Gloucester/Veteran's Memorial Elementary School Building Committee Meeting
Join from Computer, Smart Device: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83265559418
Join via Phone: +1 (312) 626-6799, Alternate: +1 (346) 248-7799
Meeting ID: 832 6555 9418

Wednesday October 28

9:00 AM
Board of Assessors Meeting
Join from Computer, Smart Device: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82174449223
Join via Phone: +1 (312) 626-6799, Alternate: +1 (346) 248-7799
Meeting ID: 821 7444 9223

Thursday October 29

3:30 PM
School Committee Personnel Sub-Committee Meeting
Join from Computer, Smart Device: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89533423761
Join via Phone: +1 (312) 626-6799, Alternate: +1 (346) 248-7799
Meeting ID: 895 3342 3761

7:00 PM
Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting
Join from Computer, Smart Device: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86583264904
Join via Phone: +1 (312) 626-6799, Alternate: +1 (346) 248-7799
Meeting ID: 865 8326 4904



Instructions On How To Connect To A Public Meeting

Step 1:  Decide which device you will use:

  • You can join this meeting from a computer, tablet, smartphone, or via a phone call.
  • If you join by clicking a link from a desktop computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone, you’ll be able listen to the meeting and to see the meeting’s video, including any presented materials such as Powerpoint slides.
  • If you join by dialing the phone number, you’ll only be able to listen to the audio.
  • If you are a board member or contributing participant, connecting from either a computer with a webcam or a tablet is preferable.
  • For members of the public viewing a conference, a webcam is not required.

Step 2:  Make sure you have the necessary equipment. If you will join by clicking a link from a desktop computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone, you’ll also need:

  • Internet Connection - It is important to note that the audio and video quality of the connection directly correlates with the quality of your internet connection.
  • Speakers- Most laptops, tablets, and smartphones have built-in speakers.
  • Microphone - If you plan on speaking during the meeting. If you’re unsure about whether your device has a microphone, you should also dial into the meeting by phone.
  • Webcam - Recommended for board members and contributing participants, but not required. Most laptops, tablets, and smartphones have built-in webcams.


Step 3: Download the Zoom Meeting application
If you plan to join by clicking a link from a computer, tablet, or smartphone, download the Zoom Meeting application on your preferred device before the meeting: https://zoom.us/download

Particularly if you are presenting, or plan on speaking during a public meeting, please test your device’s setup, by following these instructions

Step 4: Joining the meeting
The web link and Meeting ID are unique to each meeting. Please see the top section of this page to find the meeting link and/or phone number. This information will also be provided in the meeting agenda.

When using a computer, tablet, or smartphone:

  • Visit the Remote Public Meeting’s link, see the top section of this page to find the meeting link and/or phone number.  This information will also be provided in the meeting agenda. Also note the Meeting ID, as that may be required when launching the meeting application installed on your device.
  • You may be asked for your Name and Email address.
  • Select “Join by Computer Audio” if you have a device with speakers and/or a microphone.
  • If prompted click “Allow” to allow use of your microphone.
  • If prompted click “Allow” to allow the use of your webcam.
  • If you would like to speak, there will be an icon in the bottom center of your screen to “Raise Your Hand”.  This will notify the meeting organizers that you would like to speak.
  • Once you are allowed to speak, make sure to unmute your microphone to speak (unmute microphone is an icon at the bottom of your screen to the left)
  • When you are finished speaking, the meeting organizers will mute you again

When dialing the phone number:

  • Dial the phone number listed in the agenda
  • The system will state “Welcome to Zoom”
  • Enter the  meeting ID, provided in the agenda
  • When the board ask if anyone would like to speak, dial ∗ 9 (star key - 9). You will hear “The host will be informed you would like to speak”
  • Wait for the meeting organizer to select you to speak
  • When the meeting organizer selects you to speak, you will hear “You are unmuted”
  • You can begin speaking
  • When you are finished speaking, the meeting organizers will mute you again, and you will hear “You are muted”
  • When the meeting has ended the system will announce “Goodbye”

Resources for Additional Help:

Please note that these meetings are recorded for public record purposes.