FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tonight’s City Council Listening Session, scheduled for 6-8 p.m. at Parkview High School, is canceled due to low response. The two citizens who signed up to speak tonight have been rescheduled to either the Nov. 9 or Nov. 23 listening sessions.
Due to the growing number of citizens speaking under Petitions and Remonstrances agenda item at regular City Council meetings, the council wanted to make additional times available to citizens wanting to address the council on the topics of Crime, Race Relations and Race Relations and Policing. While a scientific survey on related issues is being commissioned, it will take several months to put out for bid and administer. City Council desires to hear directly from citizens on these topics in the meantime.
Each session will be livestreamed on Facebook and at cityview.springfieldmo.gov. As at City Council meetings, speakers will need to undergo a short health screening before entering the sessions and social distancing measures will be in place. Speakers are limited to five minutes each, which will limit each session to 20 in-person speakers. In-person speaking slots will be reserved on a first-come, first serve basis. Sign up to speak at springfieldmo.gov/councillisteningsignup or call 417-864-1105.
Due to the limit on the number of in-person speakers, citizens can sign up to submit their testimony via Zoom session recording at springfieldmo.gov/recordingsession or by calling 417-864-1105.
If citizens prefer to submit written comments to City Council on the above topics, please submit them to springfieldmo.gov/councillisteningcomments. Paper forms are available at Springfield-Greene County library locations at the front desk. Written comments will be accepted through 5 p.m. Nov. 28.
All submitted comments and recordings on the above topics will be shared with City Council in full for discussion by the council before a City Council retreat planned for December.
For more information, please contact Director of Public Information and Civic Engagement Cora Scott at 417-864-1009.