The City Council welcomes your attendance and participation at its weekly meetings. The Audience Comments portion of the agenda is your opportunity to address City administrators and Councilmembers on items not listed on the agenda. Issues brought up during Audience Comments will not be directly responded to at the meeting, but may be scheduled for discussion on a future agenda or referred to a Council Committee. Please limit participation to three minutes.
A Public Hearing provides you a formal opportunity to give your views to the Council on the scheduled subject of the hearing. If you decided to speak, you must make your comments during the Public Hearing portion of the Agenda. You will need to sign in on the sign-up sheet that is available shortly before the meeting begins. You will be called to speak in the order in which you sign in. To accommodate all speakers, the Mayor may limit the amount of time permitted each speaker.
When you speak during a Hearing, Councilmembers, staff, and the audience will remain silent. After the last person has spoken, the Hearing is closed. The Council then discusses the issue and will often make a decision at that time. The audience may not comment during the Council's deliberation, unless a Councilmember requests more information from a citizen.
If previous speakers have already made the comment(s) you wish to make, you may simply identify yourself and indicate your agreement with what has already been said.
You are also encouraged to submit your written comments on the subject to the City Clerk so they can be included in the record and distributed to the Council. The deadline for submitting information to the City Clerk is one week before the Council meeting and hearing.
Confidential matters, such as the purchase of land, personnel matters, and advice from legal counsel on litigation, are discussed in Executive Sessions.