Niles meeting switched to virtual format

Tuesday, the city of Niles announced a community meeting for 6 p.m. Thursday at the Niles Riverfront Park Amphitheater. However, according to city officials, interest in the meeting indicated attendance will exceed Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order allowing gatherings of up to 100 people provided social distancing is observed.

In an effort to include as many residents as possible, this meeting has been moved to a virtual meeting and will be available on Zoom. The meeting will be limited to one and a half hours, and additional meetings will be scheduled as necessary to address everyone’s concerns.

“We are hopeful everyone will be respectful of each other’s time, positions, and opinions so as many people as possible can be heard from during the allotted time frame,” said City Administrator Ric Huff. “It is our intention to host an in-person community meeting once COVID-19 restrictions are removed.”

Mayor Nick Shelton, Police Chief James Millin and other guests will moderate this community meeting focusing the discussion on national events, their effect on our lives, and how the city of Niles can learn from and grow as a result of these events.

Any interested person or group may address the moderators when recognized. The comment of any member of the public or any special interest group may be limited in time. Such limitation shall not be less than two minutes unless otherwise explained by the presiding moderator.  Disruptive participants may be removed from the meeting and inappropriate conduct may result in the meeting being terminated at that time.

Individuals who may wish to join the virtual community meeting may do so from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android device or by telephone.