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Special Called Council meeting on extending emergency, business supports

Post Date:06/07/2020

Milton’s City Council will hold a Special Called Meting on Monday evening – a meeting that’s expected to be brief and fairly straightforward, mostly extending measures aimed at supporting Milton businesses.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m., with Mayor Joe Lockwood and Council members convening in City Hall. The public can go to Council chambers, with special COVID-19 precautions in place such as spaced-out and limited seating as well as enhanced seating; or, like with other recent Council meetings, people can “participate” via Zoom or watch on the City of Milton's Facebook page.

There is only one item on the agenda: amending the Emergency Ordinance related to the coronavirus pandemic.

If the Council approves it, the local Declaration of Emergency would extend through midnight on July 12; otherwise, it would end on Saturday, June 13. (The Council later may decide to extend the Emergency Ordinance again, as it has done several times already.)

There are no significant additions to this amended Emergency Ordinance under consideration beyond the extended date. Rather, it would continue existing policies – including several actions meant to help local businesses in this challenging time. These measures include allowing certain temporary signage outside restaurants and retail stores as well as allowing “to go” beer and wine sales from restaurants. The deadline for business license (i.e. Occupational Tax Certificate) renewals would extend through July 12, the same date alcohol excise tax payments would be deferred to.

The amended Emergency Ordinance would also affirm the City’s “Reopening Plan,” which was presented at the Council's May 18 meeting.

For those wishing to take part via Zoom, this meeting’s link is People can also follow along on the City’s Facebook page,


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At this City Council meeting, citizens can come to City Hall to watch and offer up views in  "public comment" segments. That said, people can also "attend" and "participate" virtually via Zoom.
Here is how to watch and participate in the June 8 Special Called Council Meeting via Zoom:
1. Download Zoom
You can do this right now and don't have to wait until the day of the meeting.
On a computer
  1. In a Web browser, go to, click on "Zoom Client for Meetings," and follow the prompts.
  2. In a Web browser, you can click on this webinar link and, again, follow the prompts. This should launch the app.
On a smartphone
  1. Go to your "App Store" (or wherever you get applications), enter Zoom, and download/get the "ZOOM Cloud Meetings" app.
Give yourself at least 10 minutes before the meeting starts to log on and make sure the technology is working for you.  
2. 'Join' the Council meeting
On a computer using Zoom:
  1. Click on the meeting link:
    (Or enter this Webinar ID in your Zoom app: 98139724900)
  2. If you've already downloaded the Zoom app, it should launch automatically.
  3. If you haven't downloaded the Zoom app yet, a small application file will open. It may take a little time to process. 
On a smartphone using Zoom:
  1. Click on the meeting link:
  2.  If you've already downloaded the Zoom app, it should launch automatically.
  3. If you haven't downloaded the Zoom app yet, you'll be prompted to download it when you click on the link. Download the app.
On a phone not using Zoom:
Dial this number: 1-929-205-6099. The Webinar ID is 98139724900.
You should be able to hear the meeting (once it starts) as well as participate, even if you won't have all the same options as someone who downloaded Zoom.
3. Follow and participate in the meeting
On a computer or smartphone using the Zoom app:
When the meeting starts, you should be able to see and hear the Mayor, City Council members, and City Clerk.
There will be several opportunities for citizens to provide their "public comment." Mayor Lockwood will reference these opportunities during the meeting. They are:
  1. After the Council approves the Agenda, under "General Public Comment"
  2. And for each item under "New Business"
Here is how to make a "public comment":
  1. Click on "Raise Hand" in the Zoom app.
  2. The moderator will call on commenters based on the order in which they "raised their hand."
  3. Each commenter should unmute themselves and then speak. Please state your name and address before giving your comment.
  4. As in a regular Council meeting, people will have a maximum of 5 minutes per person to speak.
On a phone not using the Zoom app:
When the meeting starts, you should be able to hear the Mayor, City Council members, and City Clerk.
You will be able to "comment" the same times as those using the Zoom app. Here's how to do it:
  1. To make a "comment," dial *9. (This is equivalent to the "Raise Hand" feature.)
  2. Wait to be called upon. The moderator may reference the last 3 digits of your phone number.
  3. In order to speak, you'll need to unmute yourself by pressing *6.


On whatever device:
  • Once the "public comment" portion concludes for a particular item, no one (outside the mayor, Council members, and City staff) will be able to make remarks about it.
  • If you wish to comment on a different item, you will need to "Raise Hand" or dial *9 when that item comes up. 
If you have technical or procedural questions before or during the meeting, you can ask them using the Q&A component in the Zoom app.
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