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Request to Speak at Council Meeting

  1. Setting an Appointment

    Citizens wishing to speak to the City Council at one of their regular sessions are asked to register with the City Clerk. A request may be made by contacting the City Clerk's office prior to the meeting, and by completing a request form as provided. Items that may be discussed are in two main categories: Agenda items and Non-agenda items. Requests to speak on Agenda items must be submitted to the City Clerk no later than 2 p.m. on the day of the regular session meeting. Requests to speak on Non-agenda items must be submitted to the City Clerk no later than 4 p.m. on the Friday, prior to the regular session meeting. All comments are limited to 5 minutes.

  2. Speaking on Agenda Items

    When the Public Comment portion of the meeting comes up on the agenda, citizens called upon by the Mayor/Presiding Officer may then address the council. The City of Festus has Rules of Decorum to guide citizens on their participation.

  3. Speaking on Non-Agenda Items

    As time permits, when the Public Comment portion of the meeting comes up on the agenda, citizens called upon by the Mayor/Presiding Officer wishing to address the Council regarding an issue not on the agenda may then address the council. The City of Festus has Rules of Decorum to guide citizens on their participation.

  4. Some Rules of Decorum at the Council Meeting

    When the Public Comment portion of the meeting comes up on the agenda, the Mayor/Presiding Officer will call the names of those persons who have submitted a complete request to speak. When your name is called, please step to the lectern, state your name and address for the record, and the appropriate comments. Rules of decorum include (please consult the complete rules for additional guidance);

  5. 1. Prior to addressing council, a person shall sign-up providing information for the council record.

  6. 2. Remarks to the Council must be on the topic that was indicated on the request to speak form. Remarks should be addressed to the Mayor/Presiding Officer at City Council meetings. Speakers shall refrain from making personal attacks, or from making repetitive or irrelevant remarks.

  7. 3. All remarks to the Council shall be at the podium and only after the speaker is acknowledged by the Mayor/Presiding Officer. Speakers with special needs should contact City Hall at (636) 937-4694 to request appropriate accommodations.

  8. 4. Remarks are limited to 5 minutes.

  9. 5. While in attendance at a Council meeting, no attendee shall disrupt, disturb, or otherwise impede the orderly conduct of any Council meeting by any means in a manner that obstructs the business of the meeting. Disorderly conduct includes; personal attacks, repetitive comments, irrelevant comments, failing to obey any lawful order of the Mayor/Presiding Officer to be seated, leave the meeting room and/or refrain from addressing the Council.

  10. 6. Remarks should not be repetitive of any prior speaker but should be new in nature. Multiple parties wishing to address the same issue are encouraged to appoint a spokesperson to advocate their position. If an earlier speaker has already spoken on a speaker’s chosen topic, the latter is encouraged to state that they join in the remarks of the earlier speaker, or to focus on aspects not previously presented by earlier speakers.

  11. 7. No attendee shall make threats or other forms of intimidation against any person in the Council chambers or meeting room, or possess any weapon or firearm while in the Council chambers or meeting room unless the attendee possesses a valid permit.

  12. 8. To maintain the fire code occupancy limits and allow for safe exit, unless addressing the Council or entering or leaving the Council chambers or meeting room, all persons in the audience shall remain seated in the seats provided. No person shall stand or sit in the aisles, nor shall the doorways be blocked.

  13. 9. All persons in the Council chambers or other meeting room, including, without limitation, Council members, staff, and attendees, shall silence all cell phones, pagers, and other electronic devices to prevent disruption at the meeting.

  14. 10. No person at any Council meeting shall be in a state of intoxication caused by the person's use of alcohol or drugs.

  15. 11. No sign shall be displayed in council chambers in a manner that blocks the view of another person or in a manner that would violate subsection 5 above.

  16. 12. The Mayor/Presiding Officer may interrupt any speaker who is violating these rules of decorum or disrupting a meeting.

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