Speaking at a City Council Meeting

City Council ChamberOverview

Members of the public may participate in the City Council Meeting to be held on Monday, June 22, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. either in person or by telephonic means. You will have three (3) options to address the City Council:

1) Completing a comment card and emailing it to publiccomments@nrhtx.com 

2) Submitting a comment card in person to the designated staff member at City Hall

3) If you would like to speak to the City Council but do not wish to submit a comment card by email or in person, you may call 817-427-6312 between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to register to speak.

 All comment cards and requests to speak will be accepted until 7:00 p.m. the day of the meeting. You will be required to provide your name, address, telephone number and the nature of your request. If you register to speak, or request to speak to the Council as indicated on your comment card, a member of city staff, at the appropriate time, will call you from 817-427-6025 during the meeting. You will be placed on speaker phone and will have three minutes to address the City Council. If you attend the meeting in person, you will be able to view the meeting in the lobby of City Hall or other designated viewing area. If you wish to address the City Council, you will be required to wait in the lobby or other designated viewing area until you are escorted to the Council Chambers. You will have three minutes to address the City Council.

  • City’s live stream (nrhtx.com/video) or (nrhtx.legistar.com)
    • Broadcast has a delay of approximately one (1) minute
  • AT&T U-Verse Channel 99
    • Broadcast has a delay of approximately one (1) minute
  • Charter Cable Channel 190
    • Broadcast has a delay of approximately one (1) minute

Types of Appearances

Members of the public may address the Council at the following times during a meeting:

  1. Citizens Presentation is a specified time at the beginning of each Council meeting for citizens to speak on a subject pertaining to the city’s jurisdiction that is not formally scheduled on the agenda, scheduled as a public hearing or scheduled for consideration by the Council or another city board or commission at a later date. Comments will not be allowed on any matter on which staff has scheduled or will be scheduling stakeholder or similar meetings to solicit citizen input within 60 days, it being Council’s intent that such comments be made at such meetings. The Council is prohibited from deliberating or taking action on any subject not on the posted agenda. The Council may have the subject placed on an agenda for a future meeting or, if appropriate, have staff respond to your concerns. The time limit is three (3) minutes per speaker, not to exceed a total of thirty (30) minutes for all speakers.
  2. Public Hearings may be held throughout the regular agenda items and are usually required by Texas law. Speakers will not be permitted to speak about matters or present evidence which is not germane to the item being considered. Speakers are limited to three (3) minutes for individuals. The rule allowing one person to speak for 10 people is suspended during the declaration to adhere to social distancing regulations. There is a cumulative limit of thirty (30) minutes for all those speaking in favor of an item and a like limit for those speaking in opposition. If needed, time limits may be extended with concurrence of Council. No person may speak twice to the same item until all persons wishing to speak have been recognized. A person will only be allowed to speak a second time when there is new evidence to present.
  3. Public Comments provide an opportunity for citizens to address the Council on matters which are scheduled on this agenda for consideration by the Council, but not scheduled as a public hearing. In order to address the Council during public comments, a Public Meeting Appearance Card must be completed and presented to the City Secretary at least one hour prior to the start of the Council meeting. Speakers must observe the three (3) minute time limit.

Decorum

No member of the public shall be permitted to conduct any verbal personal attack on the mayor, any individual member of the council, city staff, or member of any city board or commission. Any such personal attack, or attempted personal attack, may be challenged with a point of order or the mayor may interrupt an offending speaker to enforce this rule. The mayor may prevent any citizen from addressing the Council who makes comments or provides documents during public comments portion of the Council meeting that are defamatory, whether slander or libel, rise to the level of disorderly conduct, incite a riot, or are considered a breach of the peace.

  1. City Secretary's Office


    Physical Address
    4301 City Point Drive
    Second Floor
    North Richland Hills, TX 76180

    Phone: 817-427-6060