Speaking at Hearings

When applicable, the public hearing format is explicitly set forth on the agenda.

All comments must be made at the podium after speakers give their name and address so that comments and speaker identification become part of the official record of the meeting.

The Mayor may indicate the amount of time available for each hearing. So that all persons shall have an opportunity to speak, the Mayor may limit the amount of time permitted each speaker until all persons have had an opportunity to speak.

Further testimony from those who have spoken will be taken in the remaining time. The public hearing may be continued at another date to take additional testimony when the existing available time is not sufficient.

Public Hearing presentation
Suggested presentation model for precise, well-organized proposals:

  • Purpose: What is the idea you wish to present? Begin with an "I" statement outlining your idea, such as, "I am here to (support/oppose)..."
  • Reason: Why are you making this point? This is an important step so the listener does not make assumptions about your motives.
  • Example: Brief and relevant example to clarity and make your point concrete.
  • Summary: What condition will be changed or improved if your point is adopted?
  • Action: (If appropriate, depending on the situation) What needs to be done and who would do it?