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There are several ways to bring something before council:
The best way to bring an issue to council's attention is to contact the City Clerk’s Office at 540-942-6669 or stop by the office at: 503 W. Main St. Suite 208 Waynesboro, VA 22980
The city clerk may be able to address your matter, refer it to the appropriate council person or city manager, or refer it to the appropriate city representative.
The City Council agendas are prepared and distributed on Thursdays before meetings. Copies are provided to council and are available for viewing on the city’s website.
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There are a variety of ways to access Council. All Council meetings are open to the public. They are held on the second and fourth Mondays of each month, unless state or federal holidays alter the schedule. These Monday evening meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. Those wishing to speak must sign the speaker sheet at the entrance to Council chambers at the beginning of the meeting or prior to the start of a public hearing if applicable. Council members do not have offices at City Hall. All Council members are available by phone or email. If you want to make an appointment with a Councilman, contact the Council member directly.
A resolution differs from an ordinance in several ways. A resolution is non-legislative action, is less formal than an ordinance, and deals with matters of a special or temporary character, usually relating to a statement of policy regarding the administrative business of the city. Examples of resolutions recently before the council include a performance contract, a property easement, and endorsing a preservation application.
An ordinance sets out a permanent law that continues in force until the ordinance is repealed. Two readings are required before an ordinance can be finally approved. The first reading occurs when the proposed ordinance is introduced. Staff would generally review the ordinance, provide background, and reason(s) for recommendation. City Council would then generally express their support or opposition, then may move to introduce the ordinance. At a second meeting, staff would bring the ordinance back to council for consideration of adoption.
Appropriation ordinances provide the legal authority under which the municipality allocates money to specific spending activities.