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Council Meetings & Workshops


April 20, 2019

Coffee with the Council


Making a Public Comment at a Village Council Meeting or Workshop

The public is afforded several opportunities to make a comment at a Council meeting. First, immediately following approval of the minutes of the past meetings, an opportunity will be given for public comments and questions of a general matter. If a public hearing is scheduled for this meeting, an opportunity is given for public comments and questions related to the subject of the hearing. Finally, an opportunity is given for public comments and questions on items appearing on the Consent Agenda, the Active Agenda and the First Reading.

Follow these guidelines to help you make a public comment.

  • Take an agenda located on either side of the Council Chambers. The agenda identifies the time when the Mayor will ask for public comment.
  • When it is time for public comment, approach the lectern and begin by stating your full name. This information is kept as part of the public record.
  • Don’t be nervous. The Mayor and Village Council are your neighbors too—they live in Downers Grove too! They sincerely want to hear from all residents; both good comments and constructive criticisms about the Village government are welcome.
  • You are afforded five minutes to make your public comments. Take your time, voice your comments clearly and address the Village Council as a whole.
  • If you would like to provide documents to the Village Council, hand 10 copies to the Village staff member sitting to the left of the lectern.
  • If you prefer to utilize electronic equipment to display information, you can do this by bring a USB flash drive with you that is compatible with MS Office 2003.