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Connecting to 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.

Upcoming Meetings



Tuesday March 24

6:30 PM
City Council Budget & Finance Sub-Committee - Special Meeting
Meeting Recording

7:00 PM
City Council 
Meeting Recording


Wednesday March 25

7:00 PM
School Committee
Meeting Recording

Monday March 30
5:00 PM
School Committee - Personnel Subcommittee
Meeting was 100% Executive Session

Tuesday March 31
6:30 PM
Licensing Board
Meeting Recording

Wednesday April 1
5:00 PM
School Committee
Meeting Recording


6:30 PM
Conservation Commission
Meeting Recording

Thursday April 2
4:30 PM
School Committee - Personnel Subcommittee
Meeting Recording

6:00 PM

Planning Board

Meeting Recording

Friday April 3 10:00 AM
East Gloucester/Vets School Building Committee 
Join from Computer, Smart Device: https://zoom.us/j/334110453
Join via Phone: +1 (312) 626-6799, Alternate: +1 (346) 248-7799
Meeting ID: 334 110 453

2:00 PM
Gloucester School Committee Personnel Subcommittee
Join from Computer, Smart Device: https://zoom.us/j/393512139
Join via Phone: +1 (312) 626-6799, Alternate: +1 (346) 248-7799
Meeting ID: 393 512 139

Monday April 6
6:00 PM
City Council: Ordinances & Administration Committee
Join from Computer, Smart Device: https://zoom.us/j/833280510
Join via Phone: +1 (312) 626-6799, Alternate: +1 (346) 248-7799
Meeting ID: 833 280 510

Tuesday April 7
10:00 AM
Gloucester School Committee ad hoc Communications Sub-Committee 
Join from Computer, Smart Device: https://zoom.us/j/447784500
Join via Phone: +1 (312) 626-6799, Alternate: +1 (346) 248-7799
Meeting ID: 447 784 500

2:00 PM
Special Events Advisory Committee
Join from Computer, Smart Device: https://zoom.us/j/265968661
Join via Phone: +1 (312) 626-6799, Alternate: +1 (346) 248-7799
Meeting ID: 265 968 661

Wednesday April 8

Planning & Development Committee   
Join from Computer, Smart Device: https://zoom.us/j/284229630
Join via Phone: +1 (312) 626-6799, Alternate: +1 (346) 248-7799
Meeting ID: 284 229 630

Thursday April 9
7:00 PM
Zoning Board of Appeals
Join from Computer, Smart Device: https://zoom.us/j/428400634
Join via Phone: +1 (312) 626-6799, Alternate: +1 (929) 205-6099
Meeting ID: 428 400 634


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”


?For Members Running a Meeting

Please review Zoom's instruction on managing participants

Resources for Additional Help




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




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