Public Participation

The City of Cedar Falls encourages the attendance and participation of the public at its meetings. Public participation is permitted through the four following areas:
  • A citizen may address the City Council during the Public Forum segment of the agenda regarding any issue not on the agenda. No formal action on the subject presented by the citizen may be taken by the City Council, other than a referral to City Staff or a City Council Committee or placement on an upcoming City Council agenda, as restricted by State statute.
  • A citizen may address the City Council on any public hearing item specifically listed on the City Council agenda during that portion of the public hearing when the Mayor is soliciting public input.
  • A citizen may address the City Council on any item listed under Old or New Business or under the Non-controversial or Resolution Calendars of the City Council agenda if a request is made to the Mayor prior to the beginning of the City Council meeting.
  • A citizen may request an item be placed on the City Council agenda by filing such a request in writing with the Mayor prior to 1:00 pm on the Thursday preceding a regularly scheduled City Council Meeting. The request shall then be processed in accordance with Rule 16 of the adopted City Council Meeting Procedures.

Public participation through any of the four areas described above shall be in compliance with the following rules:
  • A citizen desiring to address the City Council shall step to the podium, state his or her name, address, and group affiliation, if applicable, and speak clearly into the microphone.
  • Each citizen shall be limited to five minutes speaking time per item, unless additional time is granted by the Mayor. Total citizen input on any subject under City Council consideration may be limited to a fixed period of time by the Mayor. A majority vote of the City Council may extend the time limitations imposed by this rule.
  • Citizen comments must be directed to the subject under consideration. The Mayor shall rule on the relevance of citizen comments. Any citizen making personal, impertinent, or slanderous remarks shall be barred by the Mayor from further comment before the City Council during the City Council meeting.