What are City Council study sessions and can I attend them?

City Council study sessions are held the third Tuesday of each month in the Council Chambers. The purpose of a study session is for educational information on previously-agreed upon issues. Either the City Management or the City Council can request that specific items be put on the Study Session calendar for a more in depth discussion. Items range from specific projects, to upcoming legislation, to entire City departments giving updates. This format allows Council Members and staff to hold in-depth discussions on issues. These are open public meetings and anyone is welcome to attend. However, no public hearings or public input will be received, except by specific invitation of the Council for purposes of education on the specific issue at hand. The topics will then be forwarded to a future, regular Council meeting for action.

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1. What is the Brookings City Council?
2. Who are the current members of the City Council and how do I contact them?
3. Where are City Council meetings held?
4. When are City Council regular meetings and can I attend them?
5. What are City Council study sessions and can I attend them?
6. What is the difference between a resolution and an ordinance?
7. What is the difference between a “first reading” ordinance and a “second” or “final reading” ordinance?
8. How can I watch City Council meetings?
9. How do I know what is on the City Council agenda?
10. What is eComment and how can I make one?