Speaking at Annexation Hearings

City Council Hearings on Annexation of Lost Creek

First City Council Hearing Thursday, August 10, 2006, 6:00 p.m. Austin City Hall, 300 West Cesar Chavez Street. Free parking is available in the garage below City Hall.

From Mopac, drive east on Caesar Chavez to Lavaca Street on the east side of City Hall, turn left (north) onto Lavaca, and then turn into the garage midway down the block. Register to speak in the lobby kiosk. Second City Council Hearing Monday, August 14, 2006, 6:30 p.m. Westlake High School, 4100 Westbank Drive, at the Fine Arts Facility (FAF) Parking in the surface lot immediately west of the auditorium. Citizen Communication On Specific Agenda Items (including public hearings) Citizens may speak on specific agenda items for up to 3 minutes. The agenda item for Lost Creek Annexation on the August 10 agenda is 75ph. Citizens must complete an electronic registration for each agenda item on which they wish to comment, with the exception of combined items, when only one registration is needed. There is no limit to the number of items on which a citizen can speak; however, citizens are not allowed to speak on briefing or executive session items.

A person must register electronically to speak on an agenda item for the Thursday hearing at the kiosk in the lobby of City Hall, 301 W. 2nd Street. Registrations are accepted until the Mayor calls for the vote on the item or a vote to close the public hearing is taken. Each registered speaker will get 3 minutes. They will be called in the order in which they signed up. Speakers can testify both Thursday night and Monday night.

All registrations for Monday night will be taken in person by a clerk at the Westlake High School Fine Arts Facility. Again, speakers can continue registering until the hearing is closed.

A person who wants to register a position but not speak may check "No" on the electronic form where it asks if the citizen wishes to speak. The Mayor will read their name into the record and indicate whether they favor or oppose the item. A citizen may donate his/her speaking time to another speaker if the person donating the time is present when the speaker begins to address the Council. The person donating time must specify the name of the person to whom they are donating time. The recipient of the donated time must be registered in the speaker sign-up system before time can be donated to him/her. A speaker may receive donated time from a maximum of four people present and registered to speak, so may speak for a maximum of 15 minutes. Except as required by State law, the Council may limit the number of speakers or the length of testimony, at their discretion. If the Council limits testimony, the registration of each non-speaking person shall be made part of the record.

PUBLIC HEARINGS AND APPEALS A public hearing generally proceeds as follows:

(1) presentation by City staff; (2) presentation by the applicant (in this case the Lost Creek MUD) (3) presentation by interested parties supporting the application or proposal; (4) presentation by interested parties opposing the application or proposal; (5) rebuttal by the applicant -- limited to three minutes.

The Council may postpone a public hearing or continue it to a later date. If a hearing or item is postponed, citizens must re-register at the subsequent meeting. If a formal public hearing has been closed, a person may not register to speak on the item at a subsequent meeting.

Additional information may be found at: City of Austin

posted: Wednesday, August 9, 2006