Citizen Meeting Participation
The City Manager has requested that if you do have a question or concern to bring it to the attention of the appropriate department(s) whenever possible. If you feel that the matter has not been resolved satisfactorily, you are encouraged to bring it to the attention of the City Manager, and if still not resolved satisfactorily, to the Mayor and Council.
Your questions or comments may be directed in the following manner at the time of a City Council meeting:
- If your item Does Not appear in the Agenda, you may speak during the "Meeting Open to the Public" or;
- If your item Does appear on the Agenda, you may bring it to Council's attention during "Reports on Agenda of Interest to Parties in the Audience".
The Council Meeting is not the time for a speaker to engage in a debate with the City Council, staff or other speakers. The Council receives input from the public and deliberates the issues at hand. The speaker's opportunity to comment occurs prior to the Council's deliberation and/or action.
Council may or may not be able to answer a specific questions at the time of the Meeting, but all questions will be answered as promptly as possible. It is not unusual for the Council to refer the speaker's questions to staff for follow-up after the meeting.
The following rules have been adopted to govern public conduct at Council Meetings in order to facilitate the orderly processing of business:
1. A person wishing to address the Council shall provide his or her name, address and group affiliation, if any, prior to providing comments.
2. Any comments or statements presented at the Council Meeting shall be limited to three (3) minutes.
3. All issues should be directed to the Mayor (or the Mayor Pro Tem in the Mayor's absence), as the chairperson of the Council. The Mayor will be responsbile for enforcing the rules and has the right to declare a speaker out of order. We ask all those in the Council chambers to refrain from applauding or booing a speaker or commenting from the audience on statements made by a speaker at the podium or by anyone at the Council table. No personal attacks or political speeches will be allowed. When a person in the audience becomes loud or unruly, the Mayor may declare the person to be out of order and if necessary, may rule the individual has forfeited the opprotunity to speak further. A person may be exlcuded from the Meeting for the breach of the peace.