City Council Meetings
The Longmont City Council meetings
are held in the Council Chambers located in the Civic Center at 350 Kimbark
Street, Longmont, CO 80501.
The City of Longmont is governed
by a seven member Council. The Mayor is elected to serve a two-year term and
each Council member is elected to serve a four-year term. The Mayor and three
of the Council members are elected at-large. The other three Council members
are elected from each of the three City wards. The Mayor and Council members
are the leaders and policy makers in the community elected to represent various
segments of the community and to concentrate on policy issues that are responsive
to residents' needs and wishes.
The City Council meets on the second
and fourth Tuesdays of every month in a regular session at 7:00 p.m. in the
Civic Center Complex at 350 Kimbark. On the first and third Tuesday of every
month, the City Council holds a study session at 7:00 p.m. in the same location.
Study sessions, which generally cover only one or two topics, are designed
to allow the Council to talk on a more in-depth level about issues than can
be done at regular sessions. No formal action may be taken by the Council
at a study session other than to direct staff to proceed in a certain manner
and to bring items back to a regular session for action.
You are welcome to speak to Council on any issue, including items not on the
agenda, if you sign up in advance. A sign up sheet appears just outside the
doors of the Council Chambers by 6:45 p.m., and is picked up by the City Clerk
just prior to the meeting being called to order at 7:00 p.m. Every speaker
needs to indicate the issue or agenda item number(s) they wish to address
on the sign up sheet. The Mayor will call the names listed for those wishing
to speak at "First Call - Public Invited to Be Heard" part of the
meeting. Only those on the list will be invited to speak at the first “Public
Invited to Be Heard.” The Mayor will call for any who want to speak
on public hearing matters as Council takes up those items. Speakers who do
not place their names on the list will have the opportunity to speak during
public hearing items or at the “Final Call – Public Invited To
Be Heard” (any item) at the end of the meeting. Public comment is limited
to three minutes per speaker.
If you need special assistance in
order to participate in a City Council meeting, please contact Valeria Skitt,
City Clerk, at 303-651-8649, in advance of the meeting to make arrangements.
Four members of Council constitute a quorum and may conduct City business.
Council conducts business in one of the following manners:
An ordinance is the mechanism used to implement new local laws and requires
two readings before it is enacted. At the first reading, the ordinance is
introduced and, if Council desires, questions for information may be addressed
to the staff. Council then votes whether or not to order the ordinance published
in full, along with a notice of the public hearing, which is held at second
reading of the ordinance.
On second reading, the Council may again address questions to the staff and
may vote to amend the ordinance. A public hearing is then held and Council
votes whether or not to adopt the ordinance. Ordinances require an affirmative
vote of the majority of the Council for passage. All ordinances adopted on
final reading take effect ten days after final publication, except for those
containing an "emergency" clause.
A resolution is the mechanism used to express policy of the Council or direct
certain types of administrative action. A resolution is adopted by a vote
of the majority of those Council members seated. No public hearing is required
for passage of a resolution.
A motion is ordinarily used to indicate Council approval of contracts, agreements,
and procedural action and may also be used to authorize administrative officials
to take certain actions.
When Council is not prepared to take definite action or when further study
is needed, the matter may be referred to a City administrative officer or
board for research, study and subsequent action by such officer or the City
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