Communicating with Your Council

Open Forum

The open forum portion of City Council meetings allows members of the public to discuss a topic not on the evening's agenda. It is usually right away at the beginning of the meeting. Topics will typically not be acted upon at that time. Council may direct staff to review the item and bring back at a later date. 

Presenting to the Council

Here are some suggestions for making effective, credible presentations before the City Council:
  • Be prepared and think about the key points you want to make.
  • Stick to your own first-hand observations. Avoid rumor or unsupported speculation.
  • Check your facts to ensure credibility.
  • If you are opposing a proposal, consider offering an alternative solution.
  • Rather than repeating the statements that other people have made, point out something different or simply state you agree with the previous speakers' major points.
  • Be respectful of the people who do not share your viewpoint.
  • Understand that not everyone will be in agreement on a controversial issue. Be prepared to seek solutions that offer the greatest community good.

Letters & Petitions

And don't forget that letters and petitions are also powerful ways to share your views, suggestions, or concerns. Letters and petitions can be mailed to:
City Council
c/o The City of Elk River
13065 Orono Parkway
Elk River, MN 55330