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Announcement of Updated City Council Chambers at 303 Bury Street

Posted by Dan Porter at Dec 31, 2020 12:00 AM |
The new location for regular meetings of the City Council and Planning Commission will be at 303 Bury Street in the facility previously utilized as the City Library.

Effective beginning with the January 19, 2021 City Council meeting the City Council Chambers facility used to host regular meetings of the City Council and Planning Commission will be located at 303 Bury Street in the facility previously utilized as the City Library.

 

The City of Tonganoxie YouTube Channel used to broadcast live streams of City Council meetings can be accessed and subscribed to at the link below. Following completion of the meeting there will be a delay before the publication of a recording of meeting on the City's YouTube channel.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCc-TnxjIzM9C8B671pUMNYQ

 

The facility at 303 Bury was renovated in 2020 by utilizing Coronavirus Relief Funding, which was federally sourced funding allocated with the CARES Act legislation to help mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This facility was of urgent significance because of its size compared to the municipal services facility previously used for public meetings. The old facility was approximately 750 sq ft, with an area for seating capacity of approximately 500 sqft. The facility at 303 Bury Street is approximately 7,000 sq ft with a seating area capacity of over 3,500 sq ft. By increasing the seating capacity area by more than seven times, the City can much more easily accommodate Municipal Court patrons, as well as conduct City meetings in person while enhancing public safety through social distancing requirements. While the size of the facility was ideal, the facility was void of any technology to conduct business on-site. Updates included the creation of an IT backbone, installation of equipment to conduct, record, and broadcast City meetings, as well as accommodation of basic building renovations to serve patrons, elected officials and City staff. The updates added to the facility promise to fully meet current and future needs of the community.

For the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, in person attendees will be required to complete a temperature screening, wear a facemask, and observe social distancing precautions.

Public access to the facility will be available through the entrance located on the east side of the building fronting Bury Street. ADA accessible parking and building access will be available on the west side of the building.