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Boulder City Council to Allow Open Comment and Public Hearings Starting April 7

Public can watch and participate in meeting remotely 

The City of Boulder announced today that community members may use call-in technology to provide open comment and public hearing comments for regular City Council meetings taking place remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Under the amended remote meeting rules, the city will allow for 20 phone-in participants for open comment at upcoming council meetings. As a reminder, open comment is for community members who wish to speak about anything that is not scheduled for a public hearing that evening.  

Community members wishing to speak at open comment must sign up in advance by following the instructions listed here: Open comment sign up will be available from 6 p.m., on the Thursday prior to the meeting, through 2 p.m., on the Monday prior to the meeting. Once registration is closed, the list will be randomized, and the first 20 speakers will be assigned to speak at that week’s council meeting. This list will be posted by 5 p.m. on the day prior to the meeting on the council webpage, Individuals who wish to speak for public comment may simply join the call when the meeting begins. 

To keep costs down, the phone lines will only be kept open during portions of the meeting where public participation is being taken. As times may vary, community members who wish to speak are advised to watch the city livestream of the meeting at one of the following two links: or

The mayor will announce on television/livestream when the telephone lines are opening. At that point approved callers for open comment and anyone wishing to speak for the public hearing(s) that evening, should dial: 1-877-229-8493. You will be asked for a PIN, which is 119106.

All speakers will be asked to observe any time limits announced by the mayor during the meeting. If the time limit is exceeded, the caller will be muted. 

Detailed instructions can be found here:

Published: April 3, 2020

Media contacts:

Patrick von Keyserling, Communication Director, 303-441-4959  

Bryan Rachal, Media Relations, 303-441-3155