Ways to speak at Council meetings
The public can speak during public hearings or during "Business from the Public" on the agenda. Business from the public is not scheduled for every Council meeting. Speakers will be limited to three minutes, unless extended by the Mayor.
If you want to provide testimony during public hearings you may:
- Email written comments to the staff contact, listed in the agenda or public notice, including your name and subject of the public hearing, before noon on the day of the meeting.
- Testify virtually during the public hearing by emailing the staff contact, listed in the agenda or public notice, before noon on the day of the meeting, with your name; phone number; and if you are speaking for, against, or neutral on the project/subject. The mayor will call upon those who have registered to speak.
- Appear in person at the meeting and register to speak using the signup sheet on the table.
Business from the public
If you want to provide comments during business from the public you may:
- Submit written comments and/or register to speak virtually before noon on the day of the meeting using the Business from the public button.
- Appear in person at the meeting and register to speak.
The City of Albany livestreams City Council work sessions and meetings to YouTube and Facebook. The livestream is available on the City's YouTube channel immediately following the broadcast and linked on this page by Friday following the meeting.
Code of Conduct for virtual testimony:
- Microphones should be muted and webcams should be turned off when joining. You will be admitted when it is your turn to speak.
- If a virtual participant disrupts the meeting, their microphone and webcam will be turned off.
- If disruption continues, the participant will be removed from the meeting.
- For questions on City Council business, contact your City Councilors.
- The summary documents below provide Resolution and Ordinance numbers that were passed by the City Council.
What are Regular Meetings?
The City Council generally holds regular meetings on the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, 333 Broadalbin SW, Albany; but they may be held at another place if the Council designates.
Four members of the City Council other than the Mayor must be present for the City Council to take action on any item; called a quorum. The Mayor presides over the meeting, but only votes in the case of a tie vote of Council.
What are Work Sessions?
The City Council generally holds work sessions on Mondays preceding regular Council meeting on Wednesdays of the same week.
Council work sessions are designed to allow the Council to gain more in-depth knowledge of a particular subject and to have a chance to debate many of the pros and cons of an issue without coming to resolution or a decision on a matter.
Council work sessions are open to the public.
Upcoming Council meetings
City Council Work Session
Monday, October 10, 2022, 4:00pm
Council Chambers, City Hall
City Council Meeting
Wednesday, October 12, 2022, 6:00pm
Council Chambers, City Hall