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How to Speak at a Council Meeting

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  • Please Complete All Sections of This Public Comment Submission Form. The Deputy Clerk of Council will contact you ahead of the meeting with further instructions. Please review the guidelines at the bottom of the page.

Public Comments Guidelines for City Council Meetings

1. Public comment periods will be held on the first meeting of every month, unless otherwise announced.

2.  Individuals who wish to speak to Council shall submit a request to the Clerk of Council by noon on the Wednesday prior to the regular Council meeting date.

3.  Each speaker shall state his or her name and address for the submission and at the meeting.

4.   Presentation time limits for each individual will be limited to FIVE minutes.

5.   There will be a limit of five speakers for each public comment period.

6.   No individual may speak more than once per comment period.

7.   Speakers should not address an item that already has a public hearing component that same meeting.

8.   A speaker may not present the same subject to Council in consecutive months.

9.   Speakers cannot:

      •  Promote private business ventures.

      •  Campaign for office.

      •  Use language that insults or demeans any person.

      •  Make frivolous statements.

      •  Address Council on issues that do not concern the services, policies, or affairs of the City of Salem.

10.   The speaker must be a Salem resident or own a business located in Salem.

11.   Council members shall not discuss issues raised by the public except by the consent of the majority of the Council members present.

12.   Speakers must stay on the topic they signed-up for in their original submission. 

 

To secure a time, please contact Deputy Clerk of Council Judy Hough at 378-0172 or at jhough@salemva.gov