Residents can provide public input and comments to the Mayor & Commission in relation to their meeting agendas in the following ways:
- Agenda Comment Form emailed to the full Mayor & Commission
- In-person comment at City Hall
- Restrictions related to mask requirements and City Hall capacity are in place when Athens-Clarke County is designated as a High COVID-19 Community by the CDC
- Contacting the Mayor & Commission members directly
The best way to see what kinds of public input will be accepted during a given meeting is to view each specific meeting agenda.
Contact the Clerk of Commission (706-613-3031) or the Public Information Office (706-613-3795) with any questions.
Agenda Comment Form
- Online agenda comment form allows residents to comment on current agenda items under consideration by the Mayor and Commission.
- The form provides the same comments to all 10 commissioners and the mayor. You can receive a copy of the form as well.
In-Person Comment at City Hall
- In-person comment is accepted at City Hall for items on the agenda if public comment is noted on the agenda.
- When Athens-Clarke County is designated as a High COVID-19 Community by the CDC, masks will be required and capacity will be limited inside City Hall at one time. However, the public will be able to cycle into the Chamber to provide public comments.
- Video of the live broadcast will be displayed outside for viewing. Individuals waiting to comment in the hallway will be able to hear and/or see the meeting live.
- Those wishing to comment on these items can still use any of the other methods (online form or contacting elected officials) in lieu of in-person comment.
- Those wishing to provide individual 3-minute public comments may come to City Hall without pre-registering.
- Those wishing to comment for up to 10-minute public comments (10 minutes in favor / 10 minutes opposed) on specific zoning public hearing agenda items should contact the Clerk of Commission's Office at 706-613-3130 or inform staff at City Hall upon arrival. See 'Procedure for Resident Input on Zoning Related Public Hearings' below.
Please note that due to COVID-19 precautions, capacity may be limited in comment areas. While all comments will be taken, commenters may be required to provide comments and move into other areas or outside the building for social distancing and capacity requirements.
Procedure for Resident Input on Zoning Related Public Hearings
All persons supporting and opposing a proposed rezoning may take either one of two different opportunities to address the Mayor and Commission at the final public hearing on the proposed rezoning, as follows:
- 1.a. Proponents shall first present their ten (10) minute argument in support of the proposed rezoning, and opponents shall then present their ten (10) minute argument in opposition to the proposed rezoning.
- b. Neither side will be required to use all of its ten (10) minute argument period.
- c. Either side may allocate its ten (10) minute argument period among any number of speakers, provided that the presentation by all speakers for each side shall not exceed ten (10) minutes per side.
- d. All persons wishing to speak longer than three (3) minutes during one side’s ten (10) minute argument period must register their intent to do so with the Clerk of Commission not later than the time that the meeting of the Mayor and Commission at which the final public hearing on the proposed rezoning is to be conducted is first called to order.
- e. In the event that all persons wishing to speak longer than three (3) minutes as a part of one side’s ten (10) minute argument are not able to agree how that side’s ten (10) minute argument period shall be allocated, they shall inform the Mayor of their disagreement before either side begins its 10-minute argument, in which event the Mayor shall decide and announce the manner in which that side’s ten (10) minute argument period shall be allocated. Any Commissioner dissatisfied with the Mayor’s allocation of that side’s ten (10) minute argument shall have the right to appeal the Mayor’s allocation decision to the Commission before either side begins its ten (10) minute argument.
- 2. After the supporters and opponents of the proposed rezoning have concluded their ten (10) minute arguments, any person who has not yet spoken either for or against the proposed rezoning shall be allowed to address the Mayor and Commission concerning the proposed rezoning for no longer than three (3) minutes per person.
Contacting the Mayor and Commissioners Directly
Residents can contact the Mayor and/or Commissioners directly by email, phone, or mail by using the contact information below