In-person city meetings resume Tuesday

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On Tuesday, the city commission chambers, 300 Monroe Ave. NW, ninth floor, will once again host city commission meetings and morning subcommittee meetings. Courtesy city of Grand Rapids

The city of Grand Rapids will resume in-person government meetings beginning Tuesday.

City Clerk Joel Hondorp announced the city commission chambers, 300 Monroe Ave. NW, ninth floor, will once again host city commission meetings and morning subcommittee meetings. Meetings had been held remotely since March 2020, adhering to the state of Michigan’s virtual public meeting law.

The schedule adopted for city commission meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic orders will continue for the near future:

  • 8 a.m. committee on appointments
  • 8:30 a.m. fiscal committee
  • 9:15 a.m. community development committee
  • 10 a.m. committee of the whole
  • 7 p.m. city commission

City commission and committee meetings also will be broadcast live on Comcast government access channel 26 and streamed live on Grand Rapids’ YouTube and Facebook pages. The city’s public safety committee also will meet in the city commission chambers. Economic development project team and legislative team meetings may take place in other locations.

All staff will present to the committee/commission in person. As normal practice, the public can speak on public hearings, agenda items and general comment periods during the evening commission meeting. Spanish interpretation is available at the evening commission meeting.

To accommodate greater numbers of citizens wanting to attend government meetings in a more open environment, the planning commission and civilian appeals board (CAB) also have announced their relocation to the larger confines of the city commission chambers.

The planning commission’s relocation is temporary through the end of the year. Planning commission meetings are streamed live on Grand Rapids’ Facebook page. CAB meetings are streamed live on the office of oversight and public accountability’s Facebook page.

Visit the city’s website to verify the time and place of all city meetings.

Residents and visitors who wish to attend and participate in the city commission, planning commission and civilian appeals board meetings may access city hall on the plaza and Monroe Avenue levels before taking the elevator to the ninth floor. Validated motor vehicle parking is available in the government center ramp off Monroe and Ottawa avenues.

Transit access to city hall includes Laker Line, Silver Line and DASH North with stops by the Monroe Avenue entrance. Additional routes within a few blocks include DASH West, Route 6 and Route 11. The Monroe Avenue covered entrance offers bicycle parking. A designated parking zone for Lime and Spin shared electric-assist bicycles and e-scooters exists along the sidewalk just south of the Monroe Avenue entrance.

The city will maintain heightened cleaning protocols within city hall to maintain a safe environment for citizens to take part in city government activities and business.

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