Does the City follow Robert’s Rules of Order?

The City generally uses the structure of Robert ’s Rules of Order but has not formally adopted them. Because the City is of a rather small and familiar size and because Robert ’s Rules of Order sometimes have the unintended consequence of over-formalizing meetings, the City has not chosen to adopt the Robert ’s Rules of Order formally. Additionally, where city governments have adopted Robert ’s Rules of Order, courts occasionally have focused more on the formal and technical aspects of the rules rather than on the idea of basic fairness in the procedure.

You may wish to review the Public Meetings Handbook (PDF) which explains, generally, how the City decision making Boards and Commissions use the Robert's Rules of Order.

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1. Why can I talk privately to a decision maker on a legislative matter but not on a quasi-judicial matter?
2. Why can’t I talk to a decision maker about an upcoming quasi-judicial matter?
3. Why does the applicant get more time than others?
4. Why do staff members sometimes interrupt the process?
5. When is it possible to talk to a City Councilmember or member of a Board or Commission regarding something I feel strongly about?
6. How do I find out about an upcoming meeting or issue?
7. What if I have a suggestion to make to the City that is not scheduled to be discussed at a meeting?
8. If I have a question about process, who can I talk to?
9. Does the City follow Robert’s Rules of Order?
10. If I think that the State law or the City Code is being violated, who can I talk to?
11. How do I get something on the agenda?
12. How do I know if a subject, project or agenda item is legislative versus quasi-judicial?