The Shakopee City Council meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 7 p.m., with special sessions scheduled when necessary. Meetings are held in the Council Chambers at city hall, 485 Gorman St. The public is welcome to attend.
Items of routine business are placed on the consent agenda. These items may be removed from the consent agenda by a councilor for individual discussion but are otherwise approved in one motion, usually as one of the first actions of the meeting.
At each meeting, there is a designated period of time for "Recognition of Involved Citizens by City Council," during which community members in the audience who wish to speak on an item not listed on the meeting agenda are invited to the podium.
Before addressing the City Council, attendees must sign in with their name and address. Most meetings of the City Council and the boards and commissions are televised, so speakers must step up to the podium and speak loudly and clearly.
Comments should not be more than five minutes in length; the mayor may adjust the time depending on the number of persons seeking to comment. Longer presentations must be scheduled through the City Clerk’s Office.
This comment period may not be used to make personal attacks, air personality grievances, make political endorsements or for political campaign purposes. Council action should not be expected at the time of a proposed non-agenda item; questions from council are for clarification only.
Public comments are always taken during public hearings. However, for other issues, it is left to the discretion of the mayor as to whether to take comments.
The Shakopee City Council encourages public input at appropriate and scheduled times. To ensure all have an opportunity to speak and to allow the conduct of business, the City Council has established the following public participation rules. These rules apply to all City of Shakopee public meetings. Failure to comply may result in expulsion from council chambers or meeting rooms.
- Unless permitted, everyone should remain seated, not block any doorways and not enter the space forward of the speaker’s podium. No movement of chairs is allowed.
- Speakers shall not make personal attacks, air personality grievances, make political endorsements or make political campaign statements.
- Audience members shall not engage in disorderly conduct, including using loud, threatening or abusive language; whistling; clapping; stamping of feet; repeatedly waiving of arms; or other disruptive acts or gestures.
- All demonstrations that disrupt or impede the orderly conduct of meetings are prohibited.
- Photographs, audio and video may be taken from any available public seat or from the meeting room rear. This activity shall not be conducted in any manner that disturbs or disrupts the audience, speakers or council members or otherwise disrupts the council meeting.
- Animals are prohibited in the council chambers except for trained service animals as defined under state and federal law.
- The mayor or chair shall be responsible for maintaining the order of all meetings and has the following powers:
- to issue a verbal warning to a person violating these rules;
- to exclude a person from the remainder of a meeting if, after a warning, a person continues to violate the rules; and
- to recess or adjourn the meeting for safety reasons.
- Repeated violations of these Rules of Conduct may result in the exclusion of a person from future City Council meetings for a time period specified by the City Council.