Because the City of Des Moines is currently operating under a Proclamation of Emergency (issued March 5, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 outbreak), its next Council meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 5 p.m. will NOT include in-person Public Comments.

Also, all attendees will be required to go through a COVID-19 screening prior to entering council chambers.

Only business for essential matters only will be discussed at the meeting.

Download the full agenda packet here (PDF file).

“Gatherings of more than ten people are discouraged in order to stem the spread of the virus,” the city said. “As a result, the City Council will be suspending Public Comment during Council meetings and will be limiting the business conducted to essential matters only.”

Public Comment is still encouraged, but will only be accepted in writing, either by email to the City Clerk [email protected] or by mail; Attn: City Clerk, 21630 11th Avenue S., Des Moines WA 98198.

City Council meetings will remain open to the public but can also be viewed live on Comcast Channel 21 or live streamed on the City’s website at

All written Public Comment will be entered into the record and be available for review on the City’s website.

Consistent with state law, Public Comment will be allowed during the Council Meeting for any matters requiring a public hearing.