Agenda are posted at City Hall and the City’s website 72 hours prior to a meeting.
RIGHTS OF THE PUBLIC: A meeting that is “open to the public” is one that the public is permitted to attend; however, the Public Meetings Act does not entitle the public to choose the items to be discussed or to speak about items on the agenda. A governmental body may, however, give members of the public an opportunity to speak at a public meeting. If it does so, it may set reasonable limits on the number, frequency and length of presentations before it, but it may not unfairly discriminate among speakers for or against a particular point of view.1
The City of Hilshire Village allows Citizens’ comments during certain times of the meeting. See below:
CITIZENS COMMENTS/PUBLIC FORUM (Time Limit- 3 minutes)
This is an opportunity for citizens to speak to council relating to the agenda and non-agenda items. Comments are limited up to three minutes. If the topic the speaker wishes to address is on the agenda, the speaker can either speak during Citizens Comments or defer comments until such time the item is discussed. Speakers are required to address council at the microphone and give their name and address prior to voicing their concerns.
Note: In Compliance with provisions of the Open Meetings Act, the City Council may not deliberate on items raised or presented during Citizen’s Comments. Items that cannot be referred to the city staff for action may be placed on a future City Council agenda.
A copy of any prepared remarks or notes to be used and/or distributed by the speaker must be presented to the City Secretary prior to the beginning of the meeting.
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