HOW CAN I SUBMIT
CITY COUNCIL
MEETING COMMENTS?

 

Due to the COVID-19 Emergency Declaration, the public is physically prohibited from attending the City Council's Committee of the Whole (COW) and Regular Business meetings.

The COW meetings and Regular Business meetings will be streamed on the City's website at www.readingpa.gov/content/city-council-video and broadcast on the BCTV MAC Channel 99 and the City Council Facebook Page. The COWs begin at 5pm and the Regular Meetings begin at the conclusion of the COW meeting, but no earlier than 6:30pm.

PUBLIC COMMENT

  • While citizens may not provide public comment at Council's COW sessions, public comment is encouraged at Council's Regular Business Meetings.
  • To comment at a Regular Business Meeting, citizens can register by calling or emailing the City Clerk's Office by noon on the day of the regular meeting. Instructions to access the virtual meeting app will be provided upon registration. Call 610-655-6205 or email council@readingpa.gov
  • Public comment for Regular Business meetings will also be accepted in writing by 4pm on the day of the meeting through an email to council@readingpa.gov. The message must clearly be marked as Public Comment. The comment received in writing will be read into the record at the Regular Meeting.
  • Public speaking rules adopted by Council allow those speaking on non-agenda matters to speak for 3 minutes. The agendas are posted at ReadingPa.gov at least 3 days in advance.
  • The comments posted on Facebook during the meetings may be reviewed but will not be responded to during the meeting.

For more information please call 610-655-6205, go to
www.readingpa.gov/content/city-council-public-participation, or
email council@readingpa.gov.

Council’s rules on public comment give every person an opportunity to be heard and to ensure that no individual is embarrassed by exercising his or her right of free speech. Public comment is permitted at the regular meetings of Council which occur on the second and fourth Mondays of each month. Public comment is not permitted at the City Council work sessions or Committee meetings.
 
Citizens wishing to address the Council at its regular meetings may do so by giving notice verbally or in writing by providing their name, address and the subject matter to be discussed to the City Clerk before 5 pm on the day of the meeting by calling 610-655-6204, by emailing council@readingpa.gov  or by entering their information in this form or by completing the form located on the podium in Council Chambers between 5 and 7 on the evening of the meeting. Citizens speaking on agenda issues may speak for up to five minutes at the beginning of the meeting. Those speaking on general matters may speak for up to three minutes after the Council action on the legislative matter is complete.
 
All remarks must be directed to Council as a body and not to any Council member or public or elected official in attendance. Any person making personally offensive or impertinent remarks or who shall become unruly while addressing Council may be called to order by the Presiding Officer and may be barred from speaking before Council, unless permission to continue speaking is granted by a majority vote of Council.
 
Citizens may not ask questions of Council members or other elected or public officials in attendance. However, Council members, elected or public officials may make a statement in response to comments made by citizens at the conclusion of the public comment period.