Speaking at a Council Meeting

At the beginning of each City Council Meeting, the City Council holds a “public comment” session in which anyone can address the City Council for five minutes. You may fill out a Public Comment Card and submit it to the City Clerk. The Mayor will call your name to speak.

When addressing the City Council, please step forward to the podium and:

  • Speak directly into the microphone;
  • State your name clearly for the record; and
  • State your city of residence.

View City Council Policy C-14 (PDF) for guidelines about giving an audio-visual presentation at a City Council Meeting.

Public Comment for Hybrid or virtual-only Meetings

For meetings conducted virtual-only or hybrid (simultaneous in-person and virtual participation), a Zoom meeting link will be publicized in the meeting agenda. The link may be accessed at the time of the meeting, and participants will be instructed on the process for providing public comment. To determine whether a meeting will be held in-person, virtual-only, or hybrid, please review the meeting agenda.

The City will facilitate the ability for a member of the public to be audible to the City Council and the general public and allow them to speak on the item(s) requested. Please be prepared to use the “raise your hand” feature when public comment opportunities are prompted by the Mayor or City Clerk. Please note: Members of the public must unmute themselves when prompted upon being recognized by the Mayor in order to become audible to the City Council and the public.

Sumitting a Written Public Comment

You may submit comments on any agenda item or on any item not on the agenda in writing via email to the City Clerk’s office. If you wish to comment on a specific agenda item, please identify the item in your email. General public comments will be addressed during the general public comment item on the agenda. When emailing your comment, the email subject line must clearly state "Written Public Comments".

ADA Compliance

It is the intention of the City to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in all respects. If, as an attendee or a participant at a meeting, you need special assistance beyond what is normally provided, the City will attempt to accommodate you in every reasonable manner. Please contact the City Clerk’s office at least 48 hours prior to the meeting to inform us of your particular need and to determine if the accommodation is feasible.