City Council meetings closed to public during pandemic

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Following public health recommendations to limit public gatherings during the Covid-19 pandemic, City Manager Charlie Duggan, acting as the City of Redlands Emergency Services Director has directed that City Council meetings be closed to the public until further notice or until the current local State of Emergency has been lifted. The City Council will continue to meet to conduct essential business.

The order is effective beginning with the Tuesday, April 7, City Council meeting. The City Council will consider an item at that meeting ratifying the decision.

Public participation in the meetings is still encouraged. The public may view the meetings live at home through Redlands TV on Channel 3 for Spectrum cable customers or Channel 35 for Frontier cable customers, or online at https://www.cityofredlands.org/meeting-agendas-minutes.

Members of the public who wish to provide general comment to the City Council or comment on specific agenda items may submit comments up until 6 p.m. the day of the City Council meeting by email at publiccomment@cityofredlands.org or through the public comment form on the City’s website at https://www.cityofredlands.org/public-speaker-form.  

Written comments may also be provided by 4 p.m. the day of the City Council meeting directly to the City Clerk’s Office at 35 Cajon St.

Comments received by the deadline will be read into the public record at the meeting.

On March 16, the Emergency Services Director declared a State of Emergency in Redlands and activated the Emergency Operations Center to a Level 3. The Redlands City Council ratified that action the following day. Declaration of a local emergency provides additional tools to the City in responding to the public health emergency and allows the City to purchase supplies, materials and equipment without going through the normal bidding requirements.