Can members of the audience speak at meetings?

Yes, at general meetings, the mayor or commission chairperson will announce that members of the audience may bring up any comments or questions for items not already listed on the agenda. Agendas typically list an "open forum" section for this purpose. It is the policy of the city council to refrain from taking action on items brought up under Open Forum until the matter is thoroughly researched by staff.

For public hearings, the mayor or commission chairperson will announce when it is time for comments and questions from the audience.  

In each case, audience members wishing to address the council or commission are asked to stand at the podium and also state their name and address for the record.

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1. Are council and commission meetings open to the public?
2. Can members of the audience speak at meetings?
3. What is the difference between an ordinance and a resolution?
4. What is Oakdale's governmental structure?
5. What are consensus motions on City Council agendas?