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Posted on: July 21, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Public Comment Policy for All Public Meetings

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Citizens wishing to speak at public meetings must sign up at least six hours prior to the meeting start time.

There are three ways in which you can sign up:

Individuals registering should state which meeting and the “action” item about which they wish to speak and whether they will be in support or in opposition to the item. 

City Council approved Resolution 23-R-23 at its regular meeting June 15, 2023, establishing the policy governing public comment at all public meetings. The new policy does not apply to the long-standing “public comment” period of City Council, generally held at 5:30 p.m. prior to the 6:00 p.m. regular Council meetings on the first Thursday of the month. 

The new Public Comment period for all public meetings provides the public an opportunity to comment on matters that appear on the Council Meeting’s agenda. The policy, consistent with State Statute, adopts reasonable restrictions: 

  • on the time set for comments, 
  • how requests to comment are to be made [signup], 
  • the number of speakers, 
  • and the time permitted each speaker. 
  • that opposing viewpoints are fairly represented.

The presiding officer shall have the discretion to extend the public comment period for no more than an additional fifteen (15) minutes if additional time is reasonably necessary to ensure that opposing viewpoints are fairly represented during the public comment period. 

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