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The Woodinville City Council welcomes your attendance at Council meetings and invites you to participate by giving your comments. Regular meetings are scheduled the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month. Study sessions are scheduled on the 2nd Tuesday of the month.

For each Regular City Council meeting, an Agenda is produced and typically follows the format described below:


Call to Order
Roll Call
Flag Salute
Approval of Agenda Order and Content
Special Presentations
Public Comments
Consent Calendar
Business Items (Including Public Hearings)
Public Comments
Reports of City Manager
Reports of Councilmembers
Executive Session (if necessary)
Adjournment

For each Study Session City Council meeting, an Agenda is produced and typically follows the format described below:


Call to Order
Roll Call
Flag Salute
Approval of Agenda Order and Content
Public Comments
Study Session Items for Discussion or Review
Public Comments
Reports of City Manager
Reports of Councilmembers
Executive Session (if necessary)
Adjournment

Read the Council Rules of Procedure:  Ordinance 445 and Resolution 383

Public Comments provide an opportunity for the public to address Council on any subject which is not of a quasi-judicial nature or scheduled for a public hearing. There are two (2) opportunities to give public comment at each meeting. The first opportunity is near the beginning of the meeting and following the "Approval of Agenda in Content and Order." The other comes typically before "Reports of City Manager." The total amount of time for each "Public Comments" is (15 ) minutes (unless modified by the Council).

If you would like to address the Council, we ask that you sign in prior to the start of the meeting. Sign up sheets are then provided to the Mayor who presides over the meeting. Speakers are asked to come to the podium and provide their name, address, and whether they live within Woodinville City limits and organization for the record. Comments should be limited to three (3) minutes per individual or for the spokesperson representing a group (unless modified by the Council).

You are encouraged to speak clearly and respectfully while addressing your remarks to the City Council. Also, you are asked to honor the time limit.

Agenda Approval: Councilmembers may move items onto the agenda for additional consideration, or to accommodate attendees. The Council may also add and take action on other items not listed on the agenda.

Special Items consist of items of a non-recurring nature such as Proclamations, Certificates of Recognition and reports from the community, etc. Often, these fall under the "Special Presentation."

Public Hearings are held to receive public testimony on important matters before the Council. Public testimony must be specific to the issue. If you would like to address the Council during a public hearing, please sign in prior to the meeting. (Be sure that you sign your name on the Public Hearing Sign Up Sheet). After being recognized by the Mayor; please approach the podium and provide your name and address for the record. Please limit your testimony to five (5) minutes. After all persons have spoken, the hearing is closed to public comment, and the Council proceeds with its deliberation and decision-making. Public hearings begin at 7:00 PM or as soon thereafter as may be heard . For more on rules for Public Hearings, please view the Council Rules for Procedure:  Ordinance 445 and Resolution 383

Consent Calendars consist of those items considered routine for which a staff recommendation has been prepared. These items are ones that Council has previously reviewed and no further discussion is required. The entire Consent Calendar is normally approved with one vote. If separate discussion is desired, that item may be removed from the Consent Calendar by any Councilmember and placed on the Regular Agenda for discussion and action by the Council, at the time the Agenda is approved in content and order.

Executive Sessions may be held by the Council to discuss matters where confidentiality is required for the public interest, including issues of national security, property acquisition, contract bid negotiations, certain personnel issues, and lawsuits. An Executive Session is the only type of Council meeting permitted by law to be closed to the public and news media.

Council agenda packets are available for public view at Woodinville City Hall, Woodinville Library, and this web site's agenda page by the Friday preceding the meeting. Information regarding specific agenda topics may be obtained from the City Clerk's Office.

March 16, 2010
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