The purpose of City Council meetings is to conduct the city's business. It is not a public forum in which people can speak on any matter. However, the City Council allows for public comment at the end of the regular business meeting, limited to matters on which the council has the power and authority to act.
Speakers should refrain from personal attacks and from making political campaign speeches.
Those wishing to speak should sign up in the lobby of City Hall during the half hour prior to the start of the meeting or the first half hour of the meeting. (For regular meetings, 6:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.) Each speaker may have up to 3 minutes to speak. (To help you allocate your time, a yellow light appears at 2 minutes, and a red light indicates the time is up.) Speakers will be directed to leave the podium for failure to comply with this protocol after fair warning from the presiding officer. The presiding officer (mayor or vice mayor) will determine when a speaker is out of order.