The Following Are the Procedures for Speaking at a Regular County Board Meeting
This information applies to the monthly scheduled Regular and Recessed County Board meetings
The following are in accordance with the Meeting Procedures adopted by the County Board:
Step 1. Know Your Agenda Item Number.
You will need the agenda item number to complete a speaker slip if you wish to present testimony.
Find your item number on the County Board Meeting agenda posted:
- on the bulletin board in the Board Room foyer,
- at the nearby Information Desk, or
- online at the County website.
Check the agenda carefully to determine whether your item will be heard at:
- the Saturday regular meeting, or
- at the pre-scheduled Tuesday recessed meeting.
Step 2. Determine Your Public Testimony Category.
Depending on your agenda item number, you will speak in one of three categories:
The purpose of this category is to alert the Board to items not on that day’s agenda, items already decided, or scheduled for future hearings.
- Held at Saturday Regular Meetings at 8:30 am
- New business only
- To speak, submit a Public Comment speaker slip to the Clerk
- the day of the hearing, and
- before the last speaker is called for this item.
- You will have up to 2 minutes to speak.
- Only one speaker per topic will be heard.
To testify on a Consent Agenda item, listed under Public Hearing Items, you must submit a speaker slip to the Clerk by 9 a.m. at the Saturday Regular Meeting. This will automatically remove the item from the Consent Agenda and carry it over to the following Tuesday Recessed Meeting for public testimony. Only County Board members may request removal of Non-Public Hearing Items.
- To speak, submit a speaker slip to the Clerk on Saturday, identifying all the Consent Agenda item number(s) you wish to address on one (1) slip.
- No speakers will be heard on Saturday.
- Consent Agenda items removed on Saturday, no earlier than 9 am; hearing of items at 6:30 pm on Tuesday.
- Slips submitted on Saturday are held over to Tuesday (no need to resubmit).
- Additional speakers may sign-up to testify on the previously removed items at the Tuesday recessed meeting by submitting a speaker slip by 6:30 pm
- At the Tuesday meeting, individuals and organizations have up to 3 minutes to speak on all matters. (Example: if you sign-up to speak on 2 items, you are called one time to speak a maximum of 3 minutes on both items.)
- Speakers are heard in a group before the Board begins discussing the removed Consent Agenda items.
- These items will also be discussed by the County Board at the Tuesday recessed meeting at 6:30 pm.
Matters may be scheduled for hearing at the Saturday regular meeting or the pre-scheduled Tuesday recessed meeting.
- Carefully check the agenda. Items are heard
- no earlier than 9 am on Saturday, and
- no earlier than 6:45 pm on Tuesday.
- Submit a speaker slip to the Clerk before the first speaker on your item is called; no slips will be accepted after that time.
- Individuals may speak for a maximum of 2 or 3 minutes per agenda item.
- Representatives of civic organizations may speak for a maximum of 2, 3, or 5 minutes. (The 5 minute slot is reserved for civic organizations.)
- The 2-minute speakers are called first; 3-minute speakers are called second; and, finally, 5-minute speakers. In each category, speakers will be called in the order in which slips are received.
Step 3. Complete a Speaker Slip.
Speakers slips are required for all public testimony categories.
Obtain a form as follows:
In advance of the meeting, download a speaker slip (.pdf):
- Print a Public Comment Speaker Slip
- Print a Consent Agenda Speaker Slip
- Print a Regular Hearing Speaker Slip
- No slips are accepted in advance of the meeting.
- Please bring your completed slip with you on the day of the meeting and submit it to the Clerk.
Or, on the day of the hearing, obtain a slip at the Information Desk in the Board Room foyer.