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Starting with Tuesday night’s Longmont City Council meeting, members of the public can once again participate “live” by providing comments during the meeting itself.

However, those comments will have to be made over the telephone because council members and city staff are continuing to be meet virtually from remote locations during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, rather than showing up in person at the Civic Center or a Longmont Public Library room.

For the past several weeks, people wanting to address the council on any issue — an opportunity scheduled for every study session and regular meeting — have had to email those comments to the city in advance of the meeting, where the staff has read them aloud during the meeting.

That advance-submission requirement has also been the case for people wanting to testify for or against ordinances up for final council votes during the public hearings on those ordinances.

On Tuesday night, Longmont will display and announce information during the live virtual meeting to tell the public how and when to call in, city officials have announced in a news release.

Those opportunities for people to participate “from the comfort and safety of their homes” by watching the live-streaming of council meetings and calling in any comments when they’re prompted to do so during the meeting, officials said in the news release.

“Because public participation is an integral part of any government and deeply valued by Longmont’s elected officials, the city has changed to a new software for remote meetings in order to allow for public comment to be made during the meeting.”

Comments are limited to three minutes per person, either during the public-invited-to-be-heard time on the agenda, or during the public hearings on three ordinances up for final council consideration.

Measures up public hearings Tuesday include:

  • An ordinance authorizing the lease of a Vance Brand Municipal Airport not-yet-developed hangar parcel to Western Airport Development LLC for $5,400 a year.
  • An ordinance that would bring Longmont’s municipal code provisions about marijuana businesses into conformance with the latest state laws and state regulations.
  • An ordinance that would approve what’s being called the Sugarmill Annexation, an undeveloped 17.4-acre parcel south of Great Western Drive, north of the St. Vrain River and west of East County Line Road that’s immediately south of the Mill Village neighborhood. The property would essentially remain agriculturally zoned land, The only development of the property being proposed by its owner, Western Sugar LLC,  is a stormwater detention pond and a sanitary sewer connection with an access road to serve a proposed Sugarmill Paired Homes project that would develop duplex-style townhomes on land already within the city limits that lies northwest of the 17.4-acre Sugarmill Annexation site. A proposed conservation easement over the property to be annexed could prohibit any other future development.

Also on Tuesday’s agenda is the staff’s weekly report about the city’s responses to the coronavirus pandemic.

If you watch

What: Longmont City Council regular meeting

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Council members and city staff will participate from remote locations, and members of the general public cannot attend the meeting in person. However, council meetings are live-streamed and can be viewed on the city’s YouTube channel — youtube.com/user/cityoflongmont — or on LongmontPublicMedia.org, or on Longmont cable TV subscribers’ Comcast Xfinity Channel 8/880HD.

Agenda: tinyurl.com/yana4umq