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Council Meeting Guidelines
City council meetings:
  • All are broadcasted live on the internet, recorded meetings can be viewed at NorfolkTV.
  • Should you wish to attend a council meeting, you may find it helpful to review the guidelines found below.
  • Please note that the council does not hear from the public at its work sessions
  • Council Calendar

The Council generally conduct meetings in the following order:
  1. Ceremonial Matters
  2. Public Hearings
  3. Consent Agenda
  4. Regular Agenda
  5. New Business
Matters are considered by the Council in the order listed on the agenda, but may be altered at any time without prior notice when Council considers it in the public interest to do so. Matters on the Consent Agenda are routine and are adopted by one motion without separate discussion. However, items can be removed from the Consent Agenda upon request by a member of Council. Regular Agenda items are taken up individually.

Guidelines for Citizen Participation:
  1. Register your name, address and subject (agenda item or new business) with the city clerk or his designee prior to the 7pm meeting.
  2. Speakers are permitted 3 minutes, and are asked to limit remarks to the subject under discussion. (The presiding officer may discontinue presentations if it is believed a topic has been sufficiently addressed.)
  3. When your name is called:
    1. Come forward to the speaker’s podium.
    2. State your name and address.
    3. State your position and give facts and other data.
    4. If you represent a group, ask others who support you to rise and be recognized.
    5. Written statements and other supportive material should be given to the City Clerk.
    6. The aggregate amount of time devoted to a particular agenda item may be limited.
  4. Other rules of decorum include:
    1. Signs, placards, posters or like material are not permitted in the City Council Chamber, adjoining areas or city offices.
    2. Remain seated during the meeting unless called upon to stand for recognition as a speaker, official duties, physical necessity, or to enter or leave the meeting.
    3. The use of profane, vulgar, obscene or threatening speech is not permitted and can result in removal from the meeting.
    4. Turn off or deactivate the sound from all cell phones, pagers or other electronic communication devices.

For a complete list of Council’s Rules and Regulations please ask for a copy of Council Resolution 1072 from the City Clerk’s Office located at Room 1006, City Hall, 810 Union Street.