Public Hearings — Required and Courtesy
How do I know when a public hearing is being held?
Public hearings are posted under “Public Hearings – Bills for Final Consideration” in the City Council agenda that is published each Friday.
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What is the difference between a required and a courtesy public hearing?
A required public hearing is required by law — all those who sign up to speak on the proposed ordinance will be heard.
A courtesy public hearing is requested by a Council Member and is typically limited to a fixed amount of time — speakers will be heard in random order until the time limit has expired.
How do I sign up to speak?
Speakers may sign-up beginning at 3 p.m. the day of the hearing using the button at the top of the page. Sign up ends at 5:30 p.m.
NO sign-up by proxy; the person wishing to speak must be the one to sign up.
How will I know when it’s my turn to speak?
When you enter the meeting on Zoom, you will be muted but can hear and see the meeting. When your name is called to speak, you will be promoted to speaker. The screen will flash as it changes your status. Please do not leave the meeting, you haven't been disconnected. Once your three minutes is over, you will be switched back to an attendee and will again be muted.
How much time will I have?
You will have 3 minutes to speak. You will be told when your time is up.
Are speakers called in a certain order?
All speakers for a required public hearing will be called in an order determined by the council president, alternating between opposing points of view when possible.
Speakers for a courtesy public hearing will be randomly ordered, alternating between the two positions, until the time limit is reached.
How do I submit written testimony on an item to the public record?
To submit written testimony to the public record on an item, we ask that submissions be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 3 p.m. on the date the item is heard before Council in order to give members of Council adequate time to review each submission before meeting start.
General Dos and Don'ts
- Please turn off cell phones or other devices that might make noise during your comments.
- Begin by stating your name, city of residence, and if you feel comfortable doing so, your home address.
- Please refrain from profanity or personal attacks during your comments.