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City Council Meetings

The Takoma Park City Council usually meets in the Takoma Park Community Center – Sam Abbott Citizens’ Center located at 7500 Maple Avenue. Meetings take place on Wednesdays unless the City Council is on recess or a Wednesday falls on a holiday; meetings then move to the next available weekday. The Council generally takes a recess for a period of time in August and December.

All meetings of the Council are open to the public unless closed in conformance with the Maryland Open Meetings Act. Public comments are welcome at the beginning of each meeting.

City Council Rolling Agenda

Takoma Park publishes a rolling agenda that includes a  schedule of City Council meetings with tentative agendas, along with a schedule of Council-appointed board, commission and committee meetings.

Meeting Agendas and Agenda Packets

Agendas and agenda item packets can be found on the Council Agenda Page.  Links to the agenda will allow the user to view the agenda and background information prepared for the Council in advance of the meeting. Additional information presented at the meeting may be added afterwards.

 Weekly Agenda Email

Sign up to receive a weekly email of the City Council meeting agenda and current rolling agenda.

Watch a City Council Meeting

Meetings are broadcast live by Takoma Park City TV via local cable providers (RCN, Verizon and Comcast) and are also streamed live on this website via the links found later on this page.

How to View City Council Meetings

City Council meetings and special events related to the Takoma Park City Council may be viewed live online via the Takoma Park City TV media portal or on cable television; Takoma Park is carried regionally on RCN, Verizon and Comcast. Check with your cable provider for the correct channel listing.

A link to watch a meeting in progress will also appear under the Upcoming Events section below.

Meeting videos are archived and available for review online anytime.

Archived City Council Meetings & Media

The city council media archive currently goes back to 2006. Use the Archived Meetings interface below for links to past meetings, agendas and minutes. City Council meeting minutes are posted after adoption.

How to Attend or Comment at a City Council Meeting

Below is a guide for residents who wish to attend or comment at city council meetings.  Participation is encouraged and is a great way to have a voice in how decisions are made in Takoma Park.

Types of Council Meetings

City Council meetings are generally divided between voting sessions and work sessions. During a voting session, the Council votes on ordinances and resolutions. At work sessions, the Council discusses issues that may become future legislative items, but does not take formal votes.

City Council Meeting Details & How To Comment

Council meetings begin at  7:30 PM.

Public comments are first on the agenda.  Comments are taken in the following order: 1) comments at advertised public hearings; 2) public comments on ordinances or resolutions that the Council will vote on during the meeting; and 3) general public comments. Comments are limited to three minutes. If an individual requests the Mayor to allow additional time in advance of the meeting, she may extend courtesy by increasing the time to five minutes.

Speaking at the Podium

When speaking at a City Council meeting, stand at the podium towards the front of the auditorium. The microphone will ensure that your comments are heard and recorded.  State your name and address for the record. If you cannot come to the podium, staff will provide a microphone for you,

To help speakers stay within the three-minute limit, there is a  timer at the podium. The timer light will be green when the speaker begins to comment. The timer light turns yellow and gives a reminder “beep” when 30 seconds remain. When time is up, the light turns red and the timer alarm will sound repeatedly. The Council wants to hear from everyone who wishes to speak. The purpose of the time limit is to allow everyone who wants to speak to have an opportunity to do so in a timely manner.

Public Hearings

The City Council may hold public hearings on an issue. Public hearings are a more structured way for the Council to accept public comment. For public hearings, speakers are asked to sign up in order to speak. Speakers will be called to the podium to speak in the order they signed up. Once all speakers who signed up are heard, the Mayor will provide the opportunity for others in the audience to testify. Time limits still apply.

Submitting Comments in Writing

Comments may be submitted in writing to the City Clerk for any meeting or public hearing. Written testimony will be copied to the Council and included in the official record of the hearing or meeting.

ADA Compliance Notice

The City of Takoma Park is committed to ensuring that individuals with disabilities are able to fully participate in public meetings. Anyone with a disability who 1) wishes to receive auxiliary aids, services, or accommodations at a City of Takoma Park public meeting or public hearing; or 2) cannot attend a public meeting but would like to record an audio comment to be played during the public comment period of the meeting, is invited to contact Jason Damweber, Deputy City Manager, at jasond@takomaparkmd.gov or 301-891-7202 at least 48 hours in advance.

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