Are you curious about how City Council meetings are run or the rules to be followed? Have you thought about coming to a meeting (we hope to see you!), but are unsure about the procedures or what is acceptable input from citizens?
City council meetings offer an excellent opportunity for citizens to learn from and speak to their elected representatives. During city council meetings, decisions are made that formally set municipal programs in motion, enact ordinances, adopt policy, and authorize the expenditure of city funds. Constructive citizen input is very important to the Council and that is why there is time devoted for public comments during the meetings. We ask that if you’d like to speak or ask a question during the public comment period, that you sign in and then limit your comment to no more than 5 minutes during the designated time frame.
We know these meetings can present difficult questions, tough challenges to a particular point of view, and criticism of ideas and information. While these are legitimate elements of a free democracy in action, it is unacceptable for any attendee to make belligerent, personal, impertinent, slanderous, threatening, abusive, or disparaging comments. No shouting or physical actions that could be construed as threatening will be tolerated.
Check out the following Citizen’s Guide. It provides some really great information and will clarify the procedures that are followed: