Appear before the City Council

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Regular meetings of the City Council are held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month at 6:30 p.m. Below are some basic guidelines governing participation at a meeting.

Meeting Participation:   The Council welcomes citizens at all Council meetings and encourages them to attend and participate.  Whether a speaker is a citizen, a Councilmember, or a staff member, recognition of a speaker by the Chair is a prerequisite for an orderly and effective meeting.  The City Council expects all speakers to deliver their comments in a courteous and efficient manner and speak only to the specific subject under consideration.  The Chair has the discretion to have anyone making out of order comments or acting in an unruly manner removed from the meeting.

Subjects Not on the Current Agenda:  Under the agenda item “Public Comment,” a citizen may address any item he or she wishes to discuss with the Mayor and Council. They shall first obtain recognition by the Chair state their name, address, and the subject of their comments. The Chair shall then allow the comments, subject to a three minute limitation per speaker, or other limitations as the Chair or Council may deem necessary.

Subjects on the Current Agenda: Any member of the public who wishes to address the Council on an item on the current agenda shall make such request to the Chair.  All comments shall be limited to three minutes per speaker, or other limitations as the Chair or Council may deem necessary.

 

Manner of Addressing the Council – Time Limit: Each person addressing the Council shall step up to the podium, give his/her name and address in an audible tone of voice for the record. Unless further time is granted by the Council, a speaker shall limit his/her remarks to three minutes. All remarks shall be addressed to the Council as a body and not to any member thereof. No person, other than the Chair, members of Council and the person having the floor shall be permitted to enter into any discussion, either directly or through the members of the Council. No questions shall be asked of the Councilmembers, except through the Chair.