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Village of Downers Grove website offers new way to comment on agenda items

Published: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 11:24 a.m. CDT

DOWNERS GROVE – A new function on the village of Downers Grove’s website allows residents to comment on agenda items without going to the meeting.

The new website function, named “rEmarks,” lets residents leave comments in a fashion similar to leaving a sticky note next to an agenda item.

“It’s more convenient,” Downers Grove Mayor Martin Tully said. “It’s all more in one place.”

The rEmarks link is below the Village Council’s meeting agenda when it is posted online the Friday preceding a Tuesday meeting.

The option then is available until noon the day of the meeting. Comments will be provided to the village commissioners for review and published on the website.

Council and staff will not give a written response to comments, but commissioners can respond vocally during the council meeting.

REmarks offers an efficiency that email does not, Village of Downers Grove Performance Manager Allison Deitch said. Commenters can click on an agenda item and leave ideas, questions or comments next to an ordinance without having to go to an email account and retype which issue they are communicating about.

“You can just do it through a couple clicks,” Deitch said. “It’s really quick.”

REmarks was introduced last month after staff saw a webinar that showed that the village already had the existing capabilities to add the function at no cost.

“I think it’ll take time to catch on,” Tully said. “We just want to give people options.”

The Village Council meets on the first, second and third Tuesday of every month.

New agendas are posted to www.downers.us/agendas/current.

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