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Guide to Participation in Council Meetings

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Citizens often ask how to  properly participate in Township Council Meetings. A summary of the rules for participation are listed here and the full text of the ordinance can be found at Municipal Code, Chapter 5, Administration of Government, Article II, Executive and Legislative, Section 5-4. The Township Clerk has also prepared a guide to the Township Council which can be downloaded here.

All interested parties are invited to speak on anything they wish during the public discussion portion of a the Township Council Meeting. When the Mayor announces that the public discussion of the meeting has been opened, raise your hand and wait to be recognized.

Once recognized, speakers are reminded of the following rules:

  • Approach the podium at the front of the room and clearly state your name and address.
  • All public comments should be addressed to the Mayor.
  • Public comments can be of any matter of concern.
  • There is a 5 minute time limit per speaker at Regular Meetings and a 2 minute time limit per speaker at Special Meetings. 
  • Speakers may speak only once during public comment, unused time may not be yielded.

Interested parties have one other opportunity for comment at Township Council meetings during the public hearing on a given ordinance. Rules for ordinance hearings are as follows:

During a public hearing of an ordinance, only the subject matter of the ordinance can be discussed, questioned or commented on during this portion of the meeting.

  • As previously stated, any matter of concern can be discussed during the public discussion portion of the meeting.
  • There is a 5 minute time limit per speaker
  • All comments should be address to the Mayor.