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Parks and Rec board discusses adult soccer program at first meeting in months

***UPDATED POST***

Milton's Parks and Recreation Advisory Board held a successful meeting on Thursday evening. Members convened in City Hall, and the meeting was also streamed on Zoom. (For technical reasons, it did not appear on the City's Facebook page.)

*** ORIGINAL POST***

Milton’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board will hold its first meeting in months Thursday evening, with members convening in person while allowing residents to also participate over Zoom.

As with recent City Council meetings and Tuesday’s Board of Zoning Appeals meeting, members of PRAB – as the committee is known – will convene in City Hall’s Council Chambers tonight. The meeting should begin at 6:30 p.m. with a number of coranvirus-related safety measures in place, such as spaced-out seating to allow for social distancing, masks made available to all, and extra cleaning measures.

Citizens can attend the meeting at City Hall, or they can watch and participate from a phone or computer. For those wishing to participate virtually, Thursday’s PRAB meeting will be streamed on the Zoom conference app; the link to this specific meeting is https://zoom.us/j/96103863594. (Scroll down for detailed instructions on how to participate via Zoom.) People can also watch the PRAB meeting live on the City’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/thecityofmiltonga/.

To be transparent and make it easier for people to follow along a home, City staff have put together a preview to summarize what topics will be discussed.

After offering citizens the opportunity to make a “public comment,” the Board will get updates from its members about Milton sports program providers – specifically Hopewell Baseball, boys and girls lacrosse, NAFL Football, Halftime Sports Basketball, the Milton Mustangs Swim Team, Milton Tennis, and arts programming.

The Board will also discuss the possibility of offering an adult soccer program through the City of Milton in partnership with Milton-based Georgia Rush Soccer.

Lastly, City staff plan to give reports on the Parks and Recreation Department's actions and plans amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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HOW TO PARTICIPATE VIA ZOOM

If you are not attending Tuesday’s BZA meeting but would still like to participate via Zoom, here’s how to do so:

BEFORE THE MEETING ...

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 https://zoom.us/download, click on "Zoom Client for Meetings," and follow the prompts.
2. In a Web browser, you can click on this webinar link -- https://zoom.us/j/96103863594 -- 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.

 

THE EVENING OF THE MEETING...

Give yourself at least 10 minutes before the meeting starts to log on and make sure the technology is working for you.

 

'JOIN' the Council meeting

On a computer using Zoom:
1. Click on the meeting link: https://zoom.us/j/96103863594
(Or enter this Webinar ID in your Zoom app: 961 0386 3594)
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: https://zoom.us/j/96103863594
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 961 0386 3594.

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.

 

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 Board members.

There will be several opportunities for citizens to provide their "public comment." Board members will reference these opportunities during the meeting. 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.