Public Participation



The Mayor and City Council welcome your comments and input on all topics. There are several ways to communicate with your elected officials.

Public Comment

Public comment periods are held on the second and fourth Mondays of each month, at the end of City Council meetings. Members of the public may sign up to speak on any topic not scheduled for a public hearing at the same meeting. See our Public Webcasts and Meeting and Materials web page for information on how to sign up.

Public Hearings

Public hearings are scheduled on specific topics and are generally held on the 3rd Monday of each month. Members of the public who sign up to speak must speak only on the topic that is the subject of the hearing.  See our Public Webcasts and Meeting and Materials web page for information on how to sign up. Proposed ordinances are posted online in advance of the public hearings. 

If you are unable to attend a public hearing or are uncomfortable speaking in public, you may submit written testimony via email or U.S. mail. Written comments on Public Hearing topics must be submitted in a timely manner in order to become a part of the public record.

Submitting Written Materials and Other General Communication

Written comments and any other documentation received at the time of the City Council meeting will not be distributed at the meeting. All submitted materials will be gathered and delivered to the Mayor and Councilors along with other weekly packet information. Comments submitted anonymously will not be distributed to the Mayor and City Council. 

To find out who your councilor is consult the ward map and the Mayor and City Council contact information.

When submitting your comments, please include your ward number or address in your communication to the City Council. Providing this information will identify concerns and questions for the City Councilor representing your ward.