While the pandemic may have made in-person meetings unwise, Village municipal government has made remote virtual meetings the tool of choice. Residents interested in keeping up with local municipal policymaking can still follow these remote Village Board meetings at www.oak-park.us/boardtv, where meetings are streamed live and archived for on-demand viewing. The online meetings database even offers the option to search the meetings archive using key words to find a particular topic of interest and sign up for alerts by topic. Users also can select a video by meeting date and then choose to view only the portion of the meeting that addresses the topic of interest just by clicking on the agenda item. Village Board meetings continue to be broadcast live on VOP-TV, which is available to Comcast subscribers on channel 6 and AT&T Uverse customers on channel 99. For those residents who want to dig even deeper into the details, complete board packets — the materials trustees use to prepare for meetings — are posted on the board TV web page as well, along with the approved minutes of past meetings, which are the official record of Village Board actions. The page also links to information on how to contact officials by telephone and email. For more information on Village board practices and processes, email email@example.com.
Commission TV…Residents interested in the details of policy making related to matters such as historic preservation, planning and zoning can watch the process at www.oak-park.us/commissiontv. Meetings of most commissions, including the Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals, are streamed live and archived via the Village website for easy on-demand access via a computer, tablet or smartphone. While many of the advisory bodies are conducting business remotely during COVID-19, these meetings are streamed live and archived as well. For information on all of Oak Park’s citizen volunteer boards, commissions and committees, visit www.oak-park.us/volunteer.