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Guide to Town Council Meetings

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Council Chambers

Participating at a Council meeting can be daunting. The public is a vital part of the process and the Town would like to encourage you to speak out on issues facing the Town. This information has been prepared to help take some of the mystery out of the public process. 

The Town Council agenda is separated into the following sections:

  • Public Comment
  • Presentations
  • Consent Calendar
  • Discussion Items, and
  • Council Reports

Public Comment:
The Mayor will announce public comment for items not on the agenda. This is your opportunity to express concerns to Council on new issues, or issues not on the night’s agenda. Council may choose to acknowledge the comment, briefly answer a question, refer the matter to staff, or set the item for discussion at a future meeting. Presentations: Presentations are informal items that require no action by the Council. The Mayor may allow public comment, although it is not common. If you wish to speak on a presentation item you may request the Town Clerk inform the Mayor of your intention to speak prior to the start of the meeting.

The Consent Calendar:
The consent calendar contains items that occur regularly. All the items are typically approved with one Council action. If you wish to comment on an item appearing on the Consent Calendar, you will “pull the item from the consent calendar”. When the Mayor asks members of the public if they wish to pull an item, raise your hand and the Mayor will acknowledge you.

Discussion Items:
Discussion items are items that staff will provide additional information on, are out of the ordinary, are complicated, or require a public hearing. You will be invited by the Mayor to speak on each discussion item as Council considers the item. The Mayor will “Open Public Comment” or “Open the Public Hearing” for each item at which time your are welcome to speak.

For All Public Comments:

Our meetings are televised so please proceed to the speaker’s podium and speak clearly into the microphone. Please line up at the podium with others that wish to speak. When it is your turn, state your name. Each person is allowed one speaking opportunity, not to exceed three minutes, per agenda item. When your time is up, you will hear a beeping over the public address system signaling your turn is up.

If you have written comment or handouts for the Council, you may submit them online here, or email Judy Price, Town Clerk.