November 2012

The North Bonneville City Council meets in City Hall on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month. Council agendas are distributed to the public the Wednesday prior to the meeting and council packets are emailed the day before. If you would like to be added to the mailing list to receive the agenda please email John Spencer at john [at] northbonneville.net.

Residents often attend our council meetings expecting to get answers to their various questions and leave feeling frustrated and unheard. The reason for this frustration is that council meetings are an opportunity for the public to express opinions and observe the council make decisions. This is not the time for back-and-forth dialogue. The council wants to hear from you during meetings but they can not afford the time for a conversation during the public comment period.

The main reason for this is simple – no one wants to sit through an hours-long council meeting while one individual monopolizes the time with a Q&A session. Everyone is encouraged to contact staff or council during the week to discuss issues and get answers to their questions. Also, the city’s website is always being improved and has much of the information you might be looking for.

Here are some other guidelines to help make our meetings more productive:

  • When making comments, come prepared and come informed. It helps greatly if you have your comments in written format.
  • After being recognized by the Mayor, please come to the microphone at the podium before speaking. Speakers should state their name and address and proceed with your statement.
  • Try to keep your comments to three minutes. This allows others an opportunity to comment.
  • The comment period is for comments, not questions. If you have specific questions concerning any of the items on the agenda please contact City Hall at info [at] northbonneville.net, by phone at 509-427-8182, or come and speak with us personally. We are here from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Do not expect the Councilors to answer questions posed during the Public Comment period. Public Comment periods are provided to allow you the public to express your concerns and for the Councilors to hear your comments. During the City Council meeting, a Councilor may if necessary ask a member of the commenting public for further clarification on their comments.
  • Remember that during the Council meeting, you are an observer. A Council meeting is where the business of the city is being transacted. Agendas are usually quite full and require a great deal of discussion. The Councilors spend a great deal of their own time to study and prepare for these meetings. Disruptions from the audience only prolong these meetings.
  • During the meeting please be respectful of others treating them as you would like to be treated. Personal attacks and derogatory comments directed to individuals are not allowed and will not be tolerated.
  • Know your Councilors and City staff. They may be able to answer your questions outside the council meetings.