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Aberdeen to hold phone meeting of city council Monday

The City of Aberdeen will hold a phone meeting of the city council on Monday, April 13, for citizens to livestream in view of the restrictions on gatherings of 10 or more people.

Though the council cancelled its last regular meeting to mitigate the risk of transmission of the new coronavirus, Aberdeen Mayor Patrick McGrady said in a video address posted to Facebook that the council needs to meet to consider pressing city business like issues with its department of public works’ trash collection and the city budget.

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McGrady said it is important the council’s business be above board and the city’s residents know what local government is doing in their names.

“We hold it in very high regard that the public, you, know what the city government is doing,” McGrady said in the video. “We’re looking down into the future of city budgets, we’re looking into some challenges that are on this agenda.”

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The audio-only meeting can be streamed on the city’s website and will take place at 7 p.m. Citizens who wish to submit a public comment into the record can email council@aberdeenmd.gov before noon April 13, McGrady said, to make their thoughts heard.

This is the first time the city has hosted a phone meeting of the council.

“This is uncharted territory for the city,” he said. “We have never conducted meeting by telephone like this.”

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