Speaking at a City Council Meeting

City Council ChamberOverview

With the recent developments regarding COVID-19, Governor Abbott has suspended requirements for face-to-face interaction between members of the public and public officials during the COVID-19 pandemic.  In alignment with recommendations from the CDC and local health officials to minimize and slow the spread of COVID-19, future City of North Richland Hills meetings will be conducted via video conference and City Hall will be closed to the public.  

The video conference can be viewed at the following locations:

  • Video conference - URL provided on each posted agenda
    • Members of the public wishing to address City Council are encouraged to join the video conference to watch the City Council meeting.
  • City’s live stream (nrhtx.com/video) or (nrhtx.legistar.com)
    • Broadcast has a delay of approximately one (1) minute
  • AT&T U-Verse Channel 99
    • Broadcast has a delay of approximately one (1) minute
  • Charter Cable Channel 190
    • Broadcast has a delay of approximately one (1) minute

Participating in the Meeting Via Video Conference

The video conference URL will be included on the agenda for each meeting. Members of the public, applicants and staff members will use this link to register and join the video conference.  

You will be required to provide your name, address, telephone number and the nature of your request. Comments may only be submitted to the City Council for citizen presentation, public comments on posted agenda items or during a public hearing.

Following registration, you will receive a confirmation email from WebexMessenger that includes a link to join the meeting.  Participants will need to click on the link to join the video conference.  Participants will also receive two reminder emails of the meeting one hour prior and 30 minutes prior to start of meeting.

All attendees are muted upon entrance to the video conference.  

Members of the public wishing to address the City Council, may only do so during Citizen Presentation, Public Comments or Public Hearings.  Detailed information on types of appearances is located at the bottom of this page.

Citizen Presentation and Public Comments - if you want to address City Council, when Mayor Trevino asks if there is anyone wishing to speak, please use the "raise hand" button located on the bottom-right side of your screen. Click once to raise hand and click again to put hand down after you speak.  Raise Hand (Webex)

Public Hearings - if you wish to speak in favor or opposition during a public hearing, when Mayor Trevino asks if there is anyone wishing to speak, please use the "raise hand" button located on the bottom-right side of your screen.  Click once to raise hand and click again to put hand down after your speak.

A member of staff moderating the meeting will unmute your microphone and call on you to state your name and address for the record.  You will have three minutes to address the City Council.  After your time has expired, your status will be muted.

Guidelines for addressing City Council: 

  1. If you are watching the live stream on cable or from the website, please mute the device that is playing live stream of the City Council meeting. (not applicable for attendees watching meeting on video conference)
  2. State your name and address for the record
  3. You have three minutes to address the City Council.

If you are unable to join the video conference there are two (2) options to address the City Council:

  1. Completing a comment card (use Internet Explorer) and emailing it to publiccomments@nrhtx.com; or
  2. If you would like to speak to the City Council, but do not wish to submit a comment card by email, you may call (817) 427-6312 between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. the day of the meeting to register to speak during Citizens Presentation, Public Hearings or Public Comments.

Types of Appearances

Members of the public may address the Council at the following times during a meeting:

  1. Citizens Presentation is a specified time at the beginning of each Council meeting for citizens to speak on a subject pertaining to the city’s jurisdiction that is not formally scheduled on the agenda, scheduled as a public hearing or scheduled for consideration by the Council or another city board or commission at a later date. Comments will not be allowed on any matter on which staff has scheduled or will be scheduling stakeholder or similar meetings to solicit citizen input within 60 days, it being Council’s intent that such comments be made at such meetings. The Council is prohibited from deliberating or taking action on any subject not on the posted agenda. The Council may have the subject placed on an agenda for a future meeting or, if appropriate, have staff respond to your concerns. The time limit is three (3) minutes per speaker, not to exceed a total of thirty (30) minutes for all speakers.
  2. Public Hearings may be held throughout the regular agenda items and are usually required by Texas law. Speakers will not be permitted to speak about matters or present evidence which is not germane to the item being considered. Speakers are limited to three (3) minutes for individuals. The rule allowing one person to speak for 10 people is suspended during the declaration to adhere to social distancing regulations. There is a cumulative limit of thirty (30) minutes for all those speaking in favor of an item and a like limit for those speaking in opposition. If needed, time limits may be extended with concurrence of Council. No person may speak twice to the same item until all persons wishing to speak have been recognized. A person will only be allowed to speak a second time when there is new evidence to present.
  3. Public Comments provide an opportunity for citizens to address the Council on matters which are scheduled on this agenda for consideration by the Council, but not scheduled as a public hearing. In order to address the Council during public comments, a Public Meeting Appearance Card must be completed and presented to the City Secretary at least one hour prior to the start of the Council meeting. Speakers must observe the three (3) minute time limit.

Decorum

No member of the public shall be permitted to conduct any verbal personal attack on the mayor, any individual member of the council, city staff, or member of any city board or commission. Any such personal attack, or attempted personal attack, may be challenged with a point of order or the mayor may interrupt an offending speaker to enforce this rule. The mayor may prevent any citizen from addressing the Council who makes comments or provides documents during public comments portion of the Council meeting that are defamatory, whether slander or libel, rise to the level of disorderly conduct, incite a riot, or are considered a breach of the peace.



 

  1. City Secretary's Office


    Physical Address
    4301 City Point Drive
    Second Floor
    North Richland Hills, TX 76180

    Phone: 817-427-6060