Submitted by the City of Bellingham, written by Janice Keller
What causes you to feel safe? What causes you to feel less safe? What types of City services help you feel safe? These questions and others will inspire community feedback at the Bellingham City Council’s second 2022 town hall meeting.
Community Voices on Public Safety is a virtual meeting scheduled for 6-8:30 p.m. Monday, May 16, 2022. Community members are invited to participate via Zoom, as well as watch via live stream and BTV. Details about how to sign in to participate and view the meeting are available on the City’s calendar of events.
The meeting will include a brief presentation followed by opportunities for participants to share feedback guided by questions provided in the special meeting packet available at meetings.cob.org. Each participant who chooses to speak will be provided two minutes for comment.
“We welcome feedback about public safety in our community,” City Council President Hannah Stone said. “City leaders are committed to public safety and to the people, programs and partners that contribute to public safety services. Ultimately, we all want the same thing – a safe and prepared community.”
Community Voices on Public Safety will be facilitated by Council President Stone and attended by the full council (Council member Hollie Huthman is currently on an extended leave of absence). The town hall meeting is being held virtually due to COVID-19 restrictions. The meeting will be streamed live via the City’s website at meetings.cob.org and at cob.org/btv, broadcast in high definition on BTV on Comcast channel 321, and broadcast in standard definition on Comcast channel 10.
Spanish, Punjabi, Russian and American Sign Language interpretation is being provided at all of the 2022 town hall meetings.
2022 Bellingham City Council Town Hall Meeting Series
Stone said each town hall meeting is an opportunity for engagement between the community and the full City Council about timely issues facing our City. These special meetings are more focused than typical public comment periods, more interactive than public hearings, and include time for Council members to respond to feedback.
Through the City’s Engage Bellingham site, community members may also provide written feedback to the council in a public forum at any time on any of the town hall meeting topics:
2022 town hall meeting schedule:
- March 21: Community Voices on Climate Action (meeting information and video)
- May 16: Community Voices on Public Safety (meeting agenda packet)
- September 19: Community Voices on Funding Priorities
- November 14: Community Voices on Affordable Housing
Details will be posted on the City’s calendar of events, Engage Bellingham, and at meetings.cob.org five days prior to each meeting. For additional information, contact the Council Office at (360) 778-8200 or firstname.lastname@example.org