Government

Council Meeting Speaking Guidelines

  • The Gresham City Council encourages citizens to talk about issues important to them. If you would like to address the City Council, here is how to do so properly.  

    If you wish to speak 

    Come forward to the rostrum and state your name only, for the record. 

    • Public comment is allowed at all City Council business meetings and at Policy Development meetings if the comments relate to scheduled agenda items.
    • Public comment is not taken at Roundtable meetings or information sessions.

    Length of comments or testimony

    Please observe the time limit of three minutes (except for appellant at public hearing). You will address the City Council from the podium microphone. The light on the podium will turn green when your three minutes begins, turn yellow when you have 30 seconds to wrap up, and lastly turn red and beep when your three minutes is over. 

    Citizen comments for agenda and non-agenda items

    • You must address the City Council on any agenda City-related item (with the exception of public hearings) at the place on the agenda for "Citizen Comments."
    • Use the blue sign-up sheets for "Citizen and Community Group Comments for Agenda and Non-agenda Items." Sign-up sheets are available on the agenda table outside the council chamber.
    • Return the completed form to the recording secretary. 

    Public hearing testimony

    During a public hearing, you may address the City Council following the staff report. Time available for testimony will be limited. The presiding officer will read complete hearing instructions before the testimony. 

    Council business

    You must address the City Council on any agenda City-related item (with the exception of public hearings) at the place on the agenda for "Citizen Comments." 

    Written comments

    If you prefer, you may make written comments on any agenda item. Give the recording secretary at least one copy of your written documentation to be included in the City's official records. 

    Council meeting agendas and minutes

    Questions regarding Council agendas may be directed to the City recorder at 503-618-2697.