Public Comments

In an effort to promote efficiency in city government, the mayor and City Council desire to provide the most effective use of time at council meetings.

Rules of Procedure for all Council Meetings
(1) Procedure for all Council Meetings
  • (A) The regular council meetings shall be held on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month at 4:30 p.m. and public hearings shall be advertised for 5:15 p.m. or as soon thereafter as can be heard. If the items on the agenda have not been completed by 9:30 p.m., the regular meeting shall be recessed until 9:00 a.m. the following day to hear any scheduled agenda items, including public hearings, not completed by 9:30 p.m. on the 1st or 3rd Monday.
(2) Procedure for Public Comment
  • (A) Public input pertaining to non-public hearing items that are on the Consent Agenda, permission to advertise, and city manager’s items, will be heard prior to the Consent Agenda and be limited to 4 minutes per speaker. Each speaker should complete and submit a Request to Speak form to the city clerk prior to the beginning of the meeting, and the speaker shall be limited to the particular subject stated on the form.
  • (B) Any person may speak on items that have been scheduled for public hearings during the time set aside for public input during consideration of the item.
  • (C) At the 1st regular meeting of each month, any person may speak on a subject matter not listed on the agenda, provided he/she has notified the city clerk of the specific subject to be addressed, which subject must be within the jurisdiction of the City Council, no later than 5 calendar days prior to the council meeting. These comments will be heard during the Public Input on Non-Agenda Items portion of the meeting, which shall occur at the end of the agenda, after the city manager’s items portion of the meeting. Each speaker shall be limited to 4 minutes and may only address the particular subject matter stated in the original request. To ensure the orderly conduct of the public meeting, any person who has already addressed City Council under Section 2(a) of this resolution shall be limited to 3 minutes during this portion of the meeting.
  • (D) At the 1st regular meeting of each month, any person who wishes to speak on a subject matter not listed on the agenda that has failed to comply with the notice requirements of subsection 2(c) must complete and submit a Request to Speak form to the city clerk prior to the start of the City Council meeting. These comments will be heard during the Public Input on Non-Agenda Items portion of the meeting, provided, however, that a person who wishes to speak pursuant to this subsection may only be heard after the speakers who have met the notice requirement of Section 2(c) have been heard. Each speaker under this subsection shall be limited to 3 minutes. In order to be allowed to speak pursuant to this subsection, the subject matter must be within the scope of jurisdiction of the City Council.
  • (E) The total amount of time allocated to the public input on non-agenda items portion of the meeting shall be limited to 30 minutes, or such other period of time that may be approved by a majority of City Council. This time limit is inclusive of those speaking pursuant to Section 2(c) and 2(d).
  • (F) If the 1st regular meeting of a month is cancelled, then Public Input on Non-Agenda Items will be heard at the 1rst regularly scheduled meeting of City Council that actually convenes during that same month.
(3) Addressing Council; Time Limits; Civility
  • (A) Notwithstanding Section 2(e), the mayor at his discretion shall allocate the total time available for Public Input on Non-Agenda Items to any time period deemed appropriate.
  • (B) All speakers shall state their name for the record.
  • (C) Anger, rudeness, ridicule, obscene or profane language, impatience and lack of respect for others are not acceptable behavior.Demonstrations in support or opposition to a speaker or idea such as clapping, cheering, booing, hissing, or intimidating body language are not permitted in Council Chambers.
  • (D) Any person who makes threats of physical violence shall be subject to immediate ejection from the meeting. Any person making irrelevant, impertinent or slanderous remarks, who becomes boisterous while addressing City Council, or who otherwise violates the provisions of this resolution may be cautioned by the mayor and/or the city attorney and given the opportunity to conclude his or her remarks on the subject in a decorous manner and within the designated time limit. Any person failing to comply as cautioned shall not be allowed to continue. The Chief of Police or his designee shall carry out all reasonable orders and instructions given by the mayor for the purpose of maintaining order and decorum at the meeting, including directions to escort disruptive persons back to their seat, remove them from the meeting, or arrest any such individuals who violate the order and decorum of the meeting and will not promptly leave the premises voluntarily after being requested to do so.
  • (E) No person, except city officers, employees or their representatives shall be permitted beyond the podium in front of the City Council without the express permission of the mayor or City Council, and no person shall be permitted to disturb the mayor, any council member, city manager, city clerk or city attorney while on the floor during any meeting without the express permission of the mayor or City Council.
Resolution No. 2006-35 adopted August 7, 2006.