About The Agenda

The Council meeting agenda lists the items for Council consideration and action. The Consent Calendar includes routine items that do not usually require additional discussion and can be approved with one motion. Councilmembers may remove items from the Consent Calendar to make inquiries and then approve the items separately.

View the 2016-2017 City Council Meeting Schedule for upcoming agenda items.


 

Action Items


Actions items include ordinances, resolutions, and approval items. Ordinances are usually effective five days after publication in the newspaper of record, The Everett Herald. Most ordinances are codified in the City Code. Resolutions are less formal than ordinances and often adopted to enact more temporary regulations or to make a public statement such as support of proposed legislation. Other action items include award of bids for projects and approval of quasi judicial matters, which are usually land use matters. In quasi-judicial matters, the Council legally decides the issue at hand based upon the information contained in the record including any testimony provided at a public hearing on the matter.

Public Hearings


Public hearings provide citizens with an opportunity to speak about issues of concern. Some public hearings are held to obtain more public input and others must be held by law due to the subject matter such as quasi-judicial matters, zoning code changes, and the budget. Public hearing notices must be published in the newspaper of record and posted at least ten days before the public hearing can be held. Posting sites are located at the Mountlake Terrace Library Lobby, Post Office, Recreation Pavilion, and City Hall. Certain land use matters require the proposed sites to have a sign posted and public hearing notices mailed to the neighborhood.


Additional Regular Items


Other regular items include public comment, City Council Liaison Reports, City Manager Report, and New Business. Councilmembers provide verbal updates of meetings and events they have attended during Council Liaison Reports and the City Manager Report follows with additional announcements by the City Manager. New Council initiatives and reports occur during the New Business item at the end of the regular meeting agenda.

Public Comment


The public may address the Council about items not listed on the agenda during the Public Comment period listed on the agenda. If a citizen wishes to speak to the Council during public comments or on other agenda items, a sign-up sheet is provided in the Council Chambers. Unless otherwise stated by the Chair, citizens may speak to the Council for up to five minutes at regular meetings and up to two minutes at the end of the agenda at work/study sessions. 
 

Executive Sessions


Executive Sessions are held on items provided under State law such as potential and pending litigation, purchase and sale of property, and personnel matters. Executive Sessions are the only part of the agenda that are not open to the public, because the information is confidential and disclosure may harm the individual interests of the City or individual. The Mayor announces the reason for the Executive Session before it begins, the estimate time it is expected to last, and whether or not action is anticipated following the session.The public may address the Council about items not listed on the agenda during the Public Comment period listed on the agenda. If a citizen wishes to speak to the Council during public comments or on other agenda items, a sign-up sheet is provided in the Council Chambers. Unless otherwise stated by the Chair, citizens may speak to the Council for up to five minutes at regular meetings and up to two minutes at the end of the agenda at work/study sessions.