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EComment to help with testimony

All County Council committees will be using a new web-based written testimony feature called eComment, council Chairwoman Alice Lee announced Monday.

EComment allows the public to review agenda item details, indicate their position on an item and leave written feedback using a phone or computer with internet connection. The comments immediately become viewable and part of the committee’s public record, Lee said.

The tool promises to increase transparency and streamline communication between council members and Maui County residents, said Lee. “This feature is the most recent effort of the council to maintain civic engagement while keeping our residents safe at home during the pandemic,” she said.

The public can provide testimony prior to or during live meetings through eComment.

The council Environmental, Agricultural and Cultural Preservation Committee has been using eComment to explore the online application’s ability to increase public participation since early September, Lee said.

For more information and instructions on using eComment, visit mauicounty.us/ecomment.

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