The City Council welcomes your attendance and participation at its meetings. The council holds Study Sessions at 6 p.m. followed by Regular Sessions at 8 p.m. on the first and third Mondays (Tuesday if Monday is a holiday) of each month at City Hall. Comments from the public are welcome during the "Oral Communications" portion of the agenda and during public hearings. "Addressing the City Council" offers details about the process.
Council meetings are broadcast live on Bellevue Television (cable channel 21). Video of the meetings can be viewed any time online from Bellevue TV.
In study sessions, city staff presents the council with detailed briefings on a variety of issues. Council members discuss various topics, ask questions and give staff direction on how to proceed. On the second and fourth Mondays, when the council meets for four hours, public comment is taken during oral communications at the beginning of the meeting.
During its regular sessions, the City Council can take action in several ways. The council may adopt an ordinance or city law. Most ordinances become part of the city's municipal code. The council may amend or repeal an ordinance by adopting another ordinance.
The council may also pass a resolution to express policy direction or make a public statement. The council passes a motion to approve or deny a proposed action, such as the award of a bid.
The agenda also contains a consent calendar, which includes routine business items for which no special study or discussion is expected. Council members may remove items from the consent calendar for discussion if they choose.
At regular sessions, you may speak to the council during the oral communications opportunities at the beginning and end of the agenda. You may also address the council during public hearings, which are held during the regular sessions.