Meeting Procedures

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The City of Georgetown City Council is composed of a Mayor, elected at large, and seven Councilmembers elected from individual single-member districts.  Georgetown is a Home Rule City, meaning that the Council is free to enact local legislation, adopt budgets, and determine policies subject only to the limitations imposed by the State Constitution and the City Charter.  The City Council appoints a city manager that serves as the chief executive officer of the City.  The city manager directs all city employees to ensure that the Council’s policies, goals and vision for the community are accomplished.  To learn more about the City Charter, please visit the Code of Ordinances

The City Council holds regular meetings on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 6:00 pm in the Council Chambers located at 101 E. Seventh Street.  The Council may also call special meetings when needed. Meetings are unedited and broadcast on the City’s website and replayed on cable access Channel 10 available to Suddenlink cable subscribers in the area.  Meetings are replayed at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday following each City Council meeting.

Each City Council meeting consists of a Workshop and a Regular Meeting.   The Workshop is an opportunity for staff to present updates on city policies, plans for the future, and other presentations that keep Council informed of the activities around the City. The Regular Meeting consists of the Call to Order, Executive Session, Public Wishing to Address Council, Statutory Consent Agenda, and Legislative Regular Agenda.  Each segment of the Regular Meeting fulfills a specific purpose.  For example, the Statutory Consent Agenda enables City Council to vote on non-controversial items with a single vote.  On the other hand, the Legislative Regular Agenda is where public hearings, readings of Ordinances, and items forwarded from the Boards and Commissions are individually discussed and acted upon.  Opportunities for the public to address Council occur during the Regular Meeting.

Items considered by the Council are listed on an agenda that is posted at least 72 hours prior to the meeting on the City Bulletin Board located outside City Hall at 113 E. 8th Street and the City website at Agendas.  Information about meetings may also be obtained by calling the City Secretary at (512) 930-3652.

To assist the City Council in providing knowledgeable, efficient government, the Council appoints qualified citizens to boards, committees, and commissions.  For example, the Planning and Zoning Commission, the Economic Development Advisory Board, and the Convention and Visitors Board hold monthly public meetings to discuss projects, plans, and hear citizen comments.  The Council invites citizens who are interested in serving on a board or committee to submit an application for consideration.  Applications to serve on a board or commission are available on the City’s website or at City Hall.  If you have any questions regarding applying for a board or commission, please contact the City Secretary at (512) 930-3652.

Citizen Participation at Meeting

The Mayor and City Council of the City of Georgetown encourage and welcome comments from the public.

To Speak On A Posted Agenda Item

If you wish to speak on a posted agenda item, please fill out the Citizen Comment Form that is available below and available at the City Council meeting.  Submit this form to the City Secretary on the dais prior to the discussion of the item of interest to you.  Your form will be given to the Mayor, and you will be recognized at the appropriate time.

When addressing the Council, please speak directly into the microphone at the podium.  State your name and your residence address before beginning your presentation.  To accommodate all speakers, citizen comments are limited to three minutes.  If another speaker wishes to yield their time to you, a total of six minutes will be alloted for your comments. Please make sure that the speaker’s form indicates to whom they are yielding their time.

All printed information, intended for review by the City Council, should be provided to the City Secretary for inclusion in the Council’s agenda packet.

Citizen Comment Form

To Speak On An Agenda Item That Is Not Posted

In order to address City Council regarding any ideas, issues, or concerns that you may have, please fill out the Request to Address Council form below.  This form must be submitted to the City Secretary prior to the production of the agenda, including the specific item to be discussed, for the agenda posting.  The deadline for submitting your request is is noon on the Wednesday prior to the Tuesday Council meeting.  Please contact the City Secretary if you have any questions or for more information at (512) 930-3652.

When addressing the Council, please speak directly into the microphone at the podium.  State your name and your residence address before beginning your presentation.  To accommodate all speakers, citizen comments are limited to three minutes.  If another speaker wishes to yield their time to you, a total of six minutes will be alloted for your comments. Please make sure that the speaker’s form indicates to whom they are yielding their time.

All printed information, intended for review by the City Council, should be provided to the City Secretary for inclusion in the Council’s agenda packet.

Request to Address the City Council

 

Please Note:

To minimize disturbances and distractions, it is requested that:

  • private conversations occur outside the Council Chamber,
  • audible cell phones and pagers be turned off, and
  • the doors to the lobby remain closed, with minimal in-and-out movement.

Persons who disrupt the meeting by not adhering to the rules may be asked to leave.

City Council meetings are broadcast on the City website and cable television without editing.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact the City Secretary at (512) 930-3652.