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The City Council is the legislative branch of the city government within the City of Port Townsend. Policy-making is one of the most important responsibilities of the City Council. The general powers and duties of this body are provided in the Revised Code of Washington Chapters 35A.11 & 35.21.
Email sent and received concerning City business, like written correspondence, is subject to public disclosure laws and must be disclosed upon request, unless an exception to disclosure provided by law is allowed. The exceptions to disclosure are limited and in almost every case, disclosure must be made upon request. Marking an e-mail or document "confidential" does not make the document non-disclosable. You may e-mail the entire council firstname.lastname@example.org or one or more individual members.
City Council business meetings are held on the first and third Mondays of each month. If the regularly scheduled meeting falls on a legal holiday, the meeting will be held the next night (Tuesday). Study sessions are scheduled for the second Monday of each month. All City Council meetings and study sessions are held at 6:30 p.m. in the second floor Council Chambers of Historic City Hall, 540 Water Street, Port Townsend. If needed, additional meetings will normally be scheduled for the fourth or fifth Monday of the month.
Webstreaming and Television Coverage
City Council business meetings and study sessions are recorded and webstreamed live. The meeting archive is accessible on the City website. Meetings are also televised on PTTV Channel 48 per their published schedule.
The conduct of City Council meetings is guided by rules designed to carry out the public's business in the most effective, responsive and open manner possible.
Any member of the public may request time to address the Council. If the comment applies to an item that is listed on the council agenda (with the exception of the consent agenda), you may address the council during the time allotted for public comment when the item is addressed.
Comments regarding consent agenda items or items which are not on the agenda will be taken during the "general public comment" period which occurs near the beginning of each meeting.
All public comments are limited to three minutes per individual, or a total of 30 minutes per subject or item, subject to the discretion of the Presiding Officer. In the event of a single subject group comment, single time allocation for a spokesperson to exceed the three minute limit may be allowed. Requests for a special time allotment should be made to the Mayor at least 24 hours prior to the meeting through the office of the City Clerk (379-5045).
The public comment period is generally not a time for dialogue. The Mayor may recognize any Councilor or the City Manager for the limited purpose of providing a brief response, comment, or summary of expected action. If your public comment contains a series of questions, please provide those questions to the City Clerk in writing. This will facilitate follow-up by the council or staff. Following public comments, the Presiding Officer may place a matter on the agenda or a future agenda, or refer the matter to administration or a council committee for investigation and report.
The City Council desires to allow a maximum opportunity for public comment; however, the business of the City must proceed in an orderly, timely manner. The Presiding Officer may set reasonable limits to public comment to prevent disruption of necessary Council business.