After months of silence from the public the Yakima City Council on Tuesday will begin taking public testimony at regular meetings. The council approved using remote public testimony during a January 19 meeting. You can find information you need to get hooked up at yakimawa.gov. A press release says there are requirements for the public to follow which include;
"Only public comment regarding an item on the Council’s regular meeting agenda for that day will be accepted.
 Community members who complete and submit a Public Comment Request Form by 3:00 pm on the day of a Council regular meeting will  be called on by the Zoom host in the order in which forms are received.
  Make sure your name or phone number is visible to the Zoom host so you can be called on to address the Council. When it is your turn to          speak, the host will allow you to unmute your microphone and turn on your video.
   Each speaker during public comment will be provided two-and-a-half minutes (2:30) to address the Council.
   A total of 35 minutes will be provided for public comment during Council regular meetings.
   As many speakers as possible will be allowed to address the Council during the 35-minute public comment period.
   Council members will not respond to or interact with speakers during the public comment period."
There are other ways to contact the council other than remote testimony on ZOOM.
You can email the council at ccouncil2@yakimawa.gov. You can send written comments to Yakima City Council 129 N. 2nd Street, Yakima, WA 98901. You may also call city hall at 575-6050.
City hall remains closed because of the COVID-19 restrictions.