City Manager Moore Says No More Than 50 In Council Chambers Next Week

It will probably be one of the more anticipated City Council Meetings in some time. And was sure to draw a sizable crowd. That’s right, it WAS going to draw a large crowd. But a statement released Thursday afternoon by City Manager Joe Moore says that, with social distancing in place and the goal to give ample time to everyone that wishes to speak to City Council, the seating capacity for the August 12 meeting will be capped at 50. 

The press release goes on to say: 

“We encourage anyone that
does not wish to speak to watch the Council Meeting live online through the Government Channel Simulcast
, live via Charter Government Channel 980, or on demand
the day after the meeting via our website at the same link.
If you do not wish to attend the meeting, but would like your support or opposition be read on record, please
complete the Non-Attendance Participation Form located at

submit it to the City Clerk via email on August 12th before 3:00pm. 

To participate in public comments virtually, please call before 5:50pm using the instructions provided on
the official agenda. Once registered with the moderator, please mute your phone and remain on hold until
it is your turn to speak. The agenda can be found at
If you wish to attend in person, here’s a brief list of what to expect: 

• We will ask that all people please abide by the Emergency Order issued by Gov. Evers on July 30th
regarding face covering. Masks will be available for those that do not have one of their own. 

• The council chambers will be limited to 50 members of the public with a few overflow areas set up
to live stream the meeting. All rooms will be arranged to limit capacity in order to maintain social
distancing. Once capacity in all rooms has been met, we will recommend watching the meeting
using an alternative method offered above in paragraph two. 

• Beginning at 4:30pm, staff will begin assigning rooms and/or seats and providing Public
Participation forms. The Public Participation form will also be available online at 
for any citizens that wish to complete in advance and bring to
the meeting. 

• When completed forms are returned, speakers will be assigned a number for the order in which they
will be called to the podium. Speakers can remain in the viewing rooms until shortly before their
turn to speak. Staff will be keeping speakers informed of the status.

The safety of the public and our staff is still our top priority as we assess the risks of every event and activity,
but we must continue to do this together. Please continue to practice preventative measures to keep yourself
and others safe: wash your hands often, do not touch your face, keep your distance from others, avoid mass
gathering and activities, wear personal protective equipment, such as face masks, when close contact is
unavoidable, and self-quarantine if you feel ill or may have been exposed. If you are experiencing
symptoms, or worry you may have been exposed to the coronavirus, please call 844-225-0147 for more
direction from health officials before going to a healthcare facility.