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Council Meeting Speaking Guidelines

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

    Public comment is allowed at all City Council business meetings and at policy development meetings if the comments relate to scheduled agenda items.

    Public comments 

    Any community member may send in written testimony or request to speak on any item on a Council meeting agenda, unless it is the subject of a public hearing that has been closed.

    • Written testimony must be received 24 hours in advance of the Council meeting; submit via the form below.
    • Oral testimony: register 24 hours in advance of the meeting using the form below.
    • Do you need interpretation services? Check the box on the form below, or contact Alex Logue at Alex.Logue@GreshamOregon.gov or 503-618-3214.

    Comment forms

    If you wish to testify

    • You may submit written testimony (comments will not be read aloud during the meeting) and/or request to speak.
    • Please observe the time limit of three minutes (except for appellant at a public hearing).
    • If you sign up in advance to speak, you will be called forward in Zoom meeting and asked to unmute your microphone.
    • State your name and city of residence.
    • During your testimony, you will see a timer count down from three minutes. Your time is up when it gets to zero.
    • If possible, include written testimony with your oral testimony.

    Community 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 Community Comments.
    • Come forward to the rostrum and state only your name for the record.

    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. 

    Visual aids

    • Visual aids may be distributed to Council during the comment period.
    • Please provide a PDF.
    • No PowerPoint presentations are permitted, as time is limited.

    Questions?

    Questions regarding Council agendas may be directed to the City Recorder at 503-618-2697 or Susanjoy.Wright@GreshamOregon.gov.