City Meetings Going Virtual
Public City Meetings Go Virtual
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in order to practice social distancing, all city meetings will be going virtual until further notice. We will be using a platform called Zoom. Learn how to you will be able to participate and comment.
Comment via Email
If you are unable to attend a meeting through Zoom, you can submit your comments via email. Please remember to include your name and address for the record.
Participate in Public Meeting via Zoom Webinar
All public meetings will be virtual using the Zoom platform. This platform is free for the public and can be accessed via a computer, laptop, tablet or a phone.
If you plan to participate in a public meeting, please prepare ahead of time by downloading the app or reviewing the meeting tutorial. You will have the option to use a Raise Your Hand feature so that the meeting leader can call on you at the appropriate time.
Watch from Home
Public meetings will be available for viewing on Hastings Community Television. To watch the virtual meeting in real time, you can tune in to Cable Channel 15 (HD 859) or watch a live stream on Facebook Live via the HCTV Facebook page. Recordings will be available on the HCTV YouTube channel and cable channel 15 immediately following the completion of the meeting.
*Please note: if you are watching the meeting streaming live on Facebook Live, please be aware that council members will NOT see your comments in the live stream. To comment or participate, you MUST use one of the two methods listed above.
The City Administrator has determined that an in-person meeting is not practical or prudent because of the COVID-19 Pandemic and the declaration of federal, state, and local emergencies pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 12 and other laws. Further, attendance of the meeting by any member of the City Council, City Staff, or the public at the regular meeting location in the City Council Chambers is not feasible due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and closure of City Hall to members of the public. As a result of the foregoing, all public city meetings will be conducted solely by telephone or other electronic means as provided in Minnesota Statutes § 13D.021 and no in-person meeting will be conducted in the City Council Chambers.
All public city meetings will be televised on Hastings Community Television. The public may provide comments prior to the meeting via email at PublicComment@hastingsmn.gov or by telephone at 651-480-2355. City Staff will undertake reasonable efforts to have comments received prior to the meeting presented to the governing body of the meeting. To the extent practical, members of the public will be allowed to monitor the meeting electronically from a remote location utilizing the Zoom application. Any persons making a connection may be required to pay for the documented additional cost that the City incurs as a result of the additional connection. Further detail on how to view and participate in the public meeting and a copy of the meeting agenda and packet will be posted on the City’s website or you may contact City Hall at 651-480-2350.