Attending a Council Meeting
Written comments may be delivered to the Civic Center or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org to be entered into the meeting record. Council will also take verbal comments during the meeting.
At each Council meeting, there is an opportunity for the public to address the Council. The public comment portion is at the beginning of each meeting.
Suggestions for speakers:
- When you are invited to speak, speak clearly into the microphone, and state your name and city of residence for the record.
- Please limit your remarks to three minutes.
- If someone else has made the same points, simply indicate your support.
- Do not expect Council to take action immediately unless the matter is an emergency.
The Consent Agenda contains routine business items that are not controversial in nature and which do not need further discussion. Items the Council removes from the Consent Agenda will be considered and acted upon following adoption of the remaining consent items or moved specifically to another section on the agenda.
Public Hearings are scheduled at the beginning of the regular meeting. A sign-up sheet is available for those wishing to testify. Following a brief presentation by staff, the Mayor invites the public to testify from the sign-up sheet first. (Please follow the “Suggestions” as stated above.) The Mayor will also ask if there is anyone present who would like to speak but has not used the sign-up sheet. After everyone is finished speaking, the Mayor will close the public portion of the hearing and the Council will discuss the matter and may take action.
General Business contains items that may require input from individuals. The City Council generally takes action on these items.
The Council may recess the regular meeting for Executive Session. This is a closed portion of the meeting where Council can discuss confidential legal matters, personnel matters, labor negotiations, property transactions, and/or matters of national security. These are the only issues that may be discussed in an executive session.