Council Meeting Procedures/Public Participation

City Council Meeting Procedures 

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The City of Cedar Falls encourages the attendance and participation of the public at its meetings.  Public participation is permitted through the four following areas:

  1. Anyone may address the council during the Public Forum segment of the agenda regarding any issue not on the agenda that is an issue exclusively related to City operations or business.  No formal action on the subject presented by the speaker may be taken by the council, other than a referral to City staff or a council committee or placement on an upcoming council agenda, as restricted by State statute.  Public Forum is not to be used as a platform for individuals running for elected office at any governmental level.
  2. A speaker may address the council on any public hearing item specifically listed on the council agenda during that portion of the public hearing when the presiding officer is soliciting public input.
  3. A speaker may address the council on any item listed under Old or New Business or under the Consent or Resolution Calendars of the council agenda.

However, to avoid violating adopted personnel policies, Iowa law, and Iowa collective bargaining laws, employees and collective bargaining groups will not be recognized to speak about employment related issues during City Council meetings.  Employees and collective bargaining groups should utilize the processes specifically defined and granted by Iowa Code and adopted City personnel policies.

Public participation through any of the four areas described above shall be in compliance with the following rules:

  1. Anyone desiring to address the council shall first be recognized by the presiding officer and then shall step to the podium, state his or her name, address, and group affiliation, if applicable, the item of city council business to which the person desires to speak, and speak clearly into the microphone.
  2. Each speaker shall be limited to five minutes speaking time per item, unless additional time is granted by the presiding officer.  The presiding officer will advise the speaker when one minute remains.  Total speaker input on any subject under council consideration may be limited to a fixed period of time by the presiding officer.  A majority vote of the council may extend the time limitations imposed by this rule.
  3. Speaker comments must remain civil and be directed to the subject under consideration.  The presiding officer shall rule on the germaneness of speaker comments.  Any speaker making comments that could be construed to be a personalized attack, impertinent, or slanderous remarks towards another party shall be barred by the presiding officer from further comment before the council during the council meeting.