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Johnston commissioners will livestream Monday meeting

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SMITHFIELD — Because of the coronavirus, Johnstonians will be able to watch but not attend the next meeting of the county Board of Commissioners, which is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday, April 6.

The board normally meets in a small room at the courthouse in Smithfield. But in the name of social distancing, commissioners will gather Monday in the second floor meeting room at the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield. And because of curbs on gatherings, the board will not allow the public to attend the meeting.

Instead, commissioners will livestream the meeting at

At their monthly meetings, commissioners have a public comment period, allowing anyone in the audience to speak on a topic not already on the agenda. That won’t be possible Monday, but commissioners encourage Johnstonians to email any comments to by 5 p.m. Friday, April 3. The chairman will present the comments Monday morning.

Commissioners will not have an evening meeting on Monday.