Addressing Council Meetings
Council will receive and consider Petitions at meetings and recommend they are presented in the correct format.
A Petition to Council must:
Deputations need approval in advance of the meeting. A written request to the Chief Executive Officer including a summary of the deputation should be received, no later than 2 weeks prior to the meeting date. There is 5 minutes set aside for each deputation.
Public Open Forum
The Public Open Forum has a time limited of up to 20 minutes. This session provides an opportunity for people in the gallery to make a statement to Council or to ask questions.
The time available will be allocated to the speakers on an equal basis with the provisions of a maximum 5 minutes per speaker. Any extension will need the leave of the Council. Therefore, if there are five (5) people that want to participate in the Public Open Forum then a maximum of 4 minutes each will be allocated.
The Mayor will ask at the meeting for the names of people wishing to participate in the Public Open Forum.
*Please note that the Public Open Forum is not available during electronic Council Meetings.