Citizen participation is invited and encouraged by the Town Council. The general public is welcome at all Council meetings, and any person may speak on matters on the agenda or any other appropriate subject. However, to ensure fair consideration of each item and all the viewpoints to be presented, speakers must follow the rules regarding the appropriate time to speak and the length of time spoken.
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The Sahuarita Town Council holds its regularly scheduled meetings on select Mondays, starting at 6:00 p.m. in the Sahuarita Council Chambers, 375 W. Sahuarita Center Way, Sahuarita. See the Agendas & Minutes page of the Town website for details. Please note meeting dates and times may change.
Additional meetings, such as study sessions and special meetings, may be called at the direction of the Mayor and Council. These meetings are scheduled on an as-needed basis for information, discussion, and possible action. Public input is not usually taken at a study session as the meeting is for informational purposes only.
Yes, except when the Council holds an Executive Session. Executive Session is a closed meeting called by the Council to consider certain limited matters such as legal advice, pending litigation, property acquisition, personnel matters, etc., pursuant to ARS Sec. 38-431.03.
Any person may speak on matters on the agenda or other appropriate subjects. A speaker must fill out a speaker card and give it to the Town Clerk before the start of the meeting. Speaker cards are available at the meeting.
At each point in the meeting, when it is appropriate for citizens to speak, the Mayor will invite comments. Each citizen wishing to speak should approach the microphone and state their name for the record. All comments must be addressed to the Town Council as a whole and not to an individual Council Member and must be limited to three minutes or less. No person other than the individual speaking shall enter the discussion without the Mayor’s permission.
The public may comment on issues not on the Council agenda under "Call to the Public," which occurs at the beginning of the meeting.
State Law requires that "Call to the Public" be limited to discussions on Town issues on the Consent Agenda and issues that the Town can lawfully act upon at a future meeting. Therefore, no discussion is permitted in matters over which the Town Council does not have the power to act in the future.
Remarks must be limited to three minutes or less and should only consist of general statements about the Town or the Town Council as a whole, not personal attacks or direct arguments. If the issue you are raising is not listed on the agenda, State Law prohibits the Town Council from discussing the topic or responding to your concern at the meeting.
After "Call to the Public," individual members of the Town Council may respond to criticism made by those who have addressed the Council, ask staff to review the matter, or request that the issue be placed on a future agenda.
Council and Board and Commission meeting notices, agendas, and minutes are available on the Town's website as a public service. The Town's official bulletin board for posting public notices of the Town's meetings is located outside the Sahuarita Town Hall Building at 375 West Sahuarita Center Way, Sahuarita, Arizona. The posting board is located on the facility's exterior, and notices are available for the public to view 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Please be advised that only the Town's official bulletin board may be relied on for official posting under the Arizona Open Meeting Law.