Can I speak at a Council meeting even if my issue is not on the agenda?

Yes, at every City Council meeting there is tine allocated for Public Comments as well as a “Non-Scheduled Citizens & Visitors” period on the agenda. Public Comment occurs before a Council vote is taken and the nonscheduled comments occurs at the beginning and end of the meeting. During these periods, anyone may speak before the Council on issues that are not on that meeting’s agenda. In addition, community members may also speak at a future meeting when that item does appear. If a Public Hearing is scheduled, public comments are taken during the meeting specifically for that item.

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1. When are City Council meetings?
2. What are City Council workshops, and can I attend them?
3. How do I know what is on the City Council agenda?
4. What is the difference between a resolution and an ordinance?
5. What is the difference between a “first reading” ordinance and a “second reading” ordinance?
6. Can I speak at a Council meeting even if my issue is not on the agenda?
7. How do I know who my City Council representative is?
8. How do I let my Council representative know my opinion on an issue if I cannot speak at the meeting when that issue will be voted on?
9. Can I watch past Council meetings?
10. How do I best contact or schedule a meeting with a Council Member?
11. When does the Council hold hearings and vote on the City budget?
12. Where can I see the City Charter and Municipal Code?