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Public Comment at Council Meetings

All meetings are open to the public and citizens are encouraged to attend, observe, record and comment on Council actions. Typically, Council meetings are either Regular Sessions or Committees of the Whole. The type of meeting governs the type of public comment a citizen may make.

Regular Sessions

Most Public Comment that is general in nature occurs during Regular Session. During Regular Sessions, the Council takes formal action on a piece of legislation - such as reading a measure into the record and issuing a final vote. During a Regular Session, the public may make comments to the Council in two distinct ways: first, the public may comment during the "Public Comment" sections of the Agenda only on items not listed on the Agenda; secondly, the public may comment on Agenda items listed for final vote. Regular Sessions occur on 1st & 3rd Wednesdays.

When Making a Public Comment --
Each person addressing the Council shall first give her/his name for the record. Each person making a public comment is limited to
five minutes. Kindly keep comments business-like & avoid foul language.

Committee of the Whole Discussions

After a piece of legislation is read into the record during a Regular Session, it is referred to a Council Committee of the Whole wherein the Council discusses the legislation and makes a recommendation. The recommendation is then forwarded to a Regular Session for a final vote. During a Committee discussion, the public is invited to speak on only those items listed on the Agenda. Committee discussions occur on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays.

Citizen feedback is a vital part of our democracy and the Council invites all citizens to participate during public comment period.

Improving the quality of life for residents is a team effort. Thank you for all you do to make our community a better place!