Gilbert ready to resume in-person public meetings

Gilbert Town Council
The Gilbert Town Council will allow the public to attend its June 16 meeting in person for the first time in three months. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Gilbert Town Council will allow the public to attend its June 16 meeting in person for the first time in three months. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

Gilbert Town Council will partially reopen its meetings to public attendance June 16 at the town’s final regularly scheduled meeting of the fiscal year.

The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Gilbert Municipal Building I, 50 E. Civic Center Drive, Gilbert. The June 16 agenda includes the final approval of the fiscal year 2020-21 town budget, secondary property tax levy and 2021-30 capital improvement plan.

Seating in council chambers will be limited to 60 people so physical distancing can occur, town officials said, and will be done on a first-come, first-served basis.

When capacity is reached, public members can stay in the lobby or go onto one of the town’s remote viewing options. The town will allow public members in the lobby to address the council if they wish, but everyone who requests that opportunity will be escorted into chambers one at a time for their turn to speak.

The town is strongly encouraging anyone attending the meeting to wear a face covering. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available.


The meeting also will be shown Cox Cable Channel 11 in town or on the town website at www.gilbertaz.gov/gilbertlive.

Those members of the public who wish to address the council from a remote location can do so through various means, including using a WebEx platform on a computer. More details on remote attendance and participation are available at https://www.gilbertaz.gov/community/residents/covid-19-information/public-meeting-notice.

The meetings had been closed to public attendance since mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic. Other public meetings, including the Gilbert Planning Commission, also will open up to the public going forward.
By Tom Blodgett
Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent 30 years in journalism in Arizona and is the editor of the Gilbert edition of Community Impact Newspaper. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he now serves as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.


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