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Council Meetings

Meeting Times

The Renton City Council welcomes your participation in the process of local government. Council meetings are held the first four Mondays of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers of Renton City Hall, located at 1055 S. Grady Way, Renton. Committee of the Whole meetings (work sessions) may precede the Council meeting. All regular Council meetings and Committee of the Whole meetings are cablecast live on government access T.V. cable channel 21, available within the Renton City limits. The Council meetings are then re-cablecast twice per day in the following week, at various times: Tuesday and Thursday at 11:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.; Wednesday and Friday at 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. The Council meetings are also video streamed on this website.  Call 425.430.6510 for more information.

Council Agendas

Council meeting agendas are available to the public from the City Clerk's office after 3:00 p.m. on the Thursday preceding the Monday meeting and are posted to this web site. Copies are also available at the Council meeting. Any citizen may present a letter to the City Clerk for presentation to the Council.

Audience Participation

Audience participation is encouraged at all Council meetings. There are two opportunities during the regular Council meetings (identified as "Audience Comment" on the agenda) for citizens to address the Council on any subject matter. Comments are limited to five minutes per speaker. The first audience comment is limited in duration to 30 minutes.

During the first audience comment period, citizens may request Council to suspend the regular order of business and advance to any item, such as a pending committee report or agenda item, which may not otherwise be presented until much later in the meeting.

Suggestions for Speakers

  • When you are recognized by the Presiding Officer, please walk to the podium and state your name and city of residence for the record, spelling your last name.
  • Please limit your remarks to no more than five minutes.
  • If someone else has made the same points, simply indicate your support or disagreement.
  • Indicate if you want to be notified of any future meetings regarding a specific subject, and assure the City Clerk has your contact information.

Public Hearing/Meeting Procedure

Public hearings and public meetings are scheduled at the beginning of the regular Council meeting. Following a brief presentation by staff, audience comment will be invited. Comments will be limited to five minutes per person. The following suggestions will assist in presenting precise, well-organized comments:

  • Purpose: What is the idea you wish to present? Begin with an "I" statement outlining your idea, such as, "I am here to (support/oppose)..."
  • Reason: Why are you making this point? This is an important step so the listener does not misunderstand your motives.
  • Example: A brief and relevant example will clarify and make your point.
  • Summary: What condition will be changed or improved if your point is adopted?
  • Action: (If appropriate, depending on the situation.) What needs to be done and who will do it?

Executive Session

This is a closed portion of the meeting for discussion of confidential legal matters, personnel matters, labor negotiations, and/or property transaction sales. These are the only issues which may be discussed in executive session.

Council Minutes

Minutes of Council meetings are available in the City Clerk's office on Friday following the meeting and are also available in a downloadable format on this web site. For a nominal fee to cover postage, copies of the weekly minutes and agenda will be mailed to your home or business upon request. Call 425.430.6504 for assistance.

Link to Public Meetings

E-Mail the Renton City Council

NOTICE: The members of the Renton City Council are elected officials. State law provides that all correspondence sent to them (by any means, including email) is a public record. Certain records such as personal information may be exempt from disclosure. Therefore, any correspondence relating to City business sent to the Council (by any means, including email) by any member of the public will be disclosed to any person who makes a request, unless exempt from disclosure under state law.