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Toll-free Option Added to Online Meetings

Post Date:05/22/2020 2:00 PM

Using a toll-free phone number has been added to the options to participate in Ames City Council and City Board and Commission meetings effective today. Due to the growing number of cases of COVID-19 in Iowa and to encourage social distancing, City meetings moved to teleconferencing through Zoom, a video and audio remote conferencing platform.

The online meeting format started in March and will be in effect at least through July and may be extended. City Hall remains closed to the public.

As in the past, Ames City Council meetings may be viewed live on Cable Channel 12 (for Mediacom subscribers), video streamed live from the City’s website (, or viewed live on the City’s YouTube channel ( An archive of City Council meetings is available online at:

To participate in an Ames City Council meeting, citizens should connect via Zoom. The meeting ID is 826 593 023.

  • Connect to Zoom:
  • Call via telephone: 312.626.6799
  • Call via toll-free telephone: 888.475.4499 (Because the City is billed a per minute charge for toll-free use, please use other options if available.)

The City of Ames is committed to continuing to provide essential City services (including utilities, public works, public safety) to its residents. Although Ames City Hall as well as all other City buildings were closed to the public effective March 20, City staff will continue to work in City facilities. Residents are encouraged to conduct City business online or by contacting individual City departments directly. Information and resources regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, including links to public health authorities, are available at

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