Please refer to the Public Meetings Notice to view the list of public meetings for the City of Ames that will take place in Ames this week.
DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC,
City Council meetings are being held via Zoom teleconferencing.
Regular meetings and workshops of the City Council are recorded for public viewing. There are multiple options to participate in meetings held by City Council or City Boards and Commissions.
Residents who are unable to participate in the meeting a the time it occurs are encouraged to submit their comments in advance to the members of the City Council or the relevant Board or Commission.
Contact information for the Mayor and Council is available here: https://www.cityofames.org/government/mayor-and-city-council
Note: City Council Meeting Packets include the meeting agenda and supplemental materials, if any, for items on the agenda. All meeting packets, agendas, and minutes are in PDF format.
City Council Meetings, Agendas, and Minutes: Archive by Year
Options to View Meetings (No Participation)
If you wish to view the discussion during one of these meetings, but do not wish to speak during the meeting, you can do so in several ways:
- Most meetings are broadcast live on Mediacom Channel 12. You can tune in to the meeting as it happens, or catch broadcasts of recent meetings on this channel.
- Meetings are streamed live on the City’s website at the following link: http://ames.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?publish_id=3
View archived City meetings on the City’s website at: https://www.cityofames.org/government/departments-divisions-i-z/media-production-services/meeting-video-archive
- Meetings are also simulcast on the City’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/AmesChannel12
Options to Participate in Meeting Discussion
If you would like to watch a meeting as it happens and participate in the discussion, you can do so via Zoom (www.zoom.us). Zoom is a videoconferencing platform that works across different internet-enabled devices and standard telephones. Meetings that are being held via Zoom will have information at the top of the agenda regarding how to find the meeting in Zoom. Each meeting is assigned a meeting ID (sometimes called a “webinar ID”) that you will need to use to access the meeting.
Zoom video conferencing – You can access the meeting by either clicking the link in the agenda, or by opening the Zoom application and entering the meeting ID number found on the agenda.
Meeting participants will be able to watch and hear the meeting as it takes place. For portions of the meeting where public input is accepted, participants interested in speaking can press the button called “Raise Hand.” This will notify the staff that you wish to speak. When it is your turn, staff will announce your name and grant permission for you to speak. You can press the “unmute” button and provide your comments. Once you are complete, you will be muted again by the staff.
Zoom phone conferencing – As an alternative to video conferencing, participants may call in to a phone conference using their touch-tone phone. A call-in telephone number is provided at the top of each meeting agenda. Unless otherwise indicated, the number is a long-distance phone number; charges may apply depending on your telephone provider. Once you have dialed the telephone number provided, you will be prompted to enter the Meeting ID number.
During the meeting, you will be able to hear the discussion live, but will not be able to see any content (e.g., maps, text, or other visual materials) that may be displayed for video conference users. For portions of the meeting where public input is accepted, participants interested in speaking can press *9 on their phone.” This will notify the staff that you wish to speak. When it is your turn, staff will announce the last three digits of your phone number and grant permission for you to speak. You will hear an automated announcement that your line has been unmuted, then you can begin your comments. Once you are complete, you will be muted again by the staff.