Participation in Public Meetings
Citizen participation is welcome during City of Longview public meetings. All public meetings are posted at least 72 hours in advance in our "Public Notices and Agenda Center" online. Agendas and Public Notices are also posted at City Hall.
All citizens attending a public meeting and wishing to address the board may be asked to complete a speaker's card. To maintain decorum, the presiding officer will confirm that citizens present wish to speak for or against an item on the agenda. If so, they will be given an opportunity to do so at the proper time, when recognized by the chair. Comments may have a time limit, designated by the board, unless extended by the chair or a vote of the board members.
Citizens who wish to bring up a matter not on the agenda at any meeting may do so, but only under citizen comment. Comments at that time may have a time limit, designated by the board, unless extended by the chair or a vote of the board members. For instance, during Longview City Council meetings, residents may be given up to six minutes to speak regarding items on the agenda or up to three minutes to speak about items not on the agenda. Board members may respond to citizen comments at this time, however, they are under no obligation to do so. Board members cannot discuss items presented by citizens which have not been posted on the meeting agenda.