Council Meeting Procedures/Public Participation

The City of Cedar Falls encourages the attendance and participation of the public at its meetings.  Public participation is permitted through the four following areas:

  1. Anyone may address the council during the Public Forum segment of the agenda regarding any issue not on the agenda that is an issue exclusively related to City operations or business.  No formal action on the subject presented by the speaker may be taken by the council, other than a referral to City staff or a council committee or placement on an upcoming council agenda, as restricted by State statute.  Public Forum is not to be used as a platform for individuals running for elected office at any governmental level.
  2. A speaker may address the council on any public hearing item specifically listed on the council agenda during that portion of the public hearing when the presiding officer is soliciting public input.
  3. A speaker may address the council on any item listed under Old or New Business or under the Consent or Resolution Calendars of the council agenda.

However, to avoid violating adopted personnel policies, Iowa law, and Iowa collective bargaining laws, employees and collective bargaining groups will not be recognized to speak about employment related issues during City Council meetings.  Employees and collective bargaining groups should utilize the processes specifically defined and granted by Iowa Code and adopted City personnel policies.

City Council Meeting Procedures 

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