Citizens need to sign up to speak to Vancouver council.

Tonight at 6:30 p.m. citizens will have the third opportunity of 2012 to address city council both on the consent items and on a topic of the citizen’s choosing.

According to the agenda posted on the city’s website, there will be no follow up from the C-Tran meeting that pursued a contentious discussion of light rail and a potential vote via a limited, gerrymandered sub-district.

Instead, the following items are scheduled to be passed by a single motion, unless council requests a discussion. If a discussion is requested, the item is moved from the Consent Agenda and considered separately.

Prior to the “motion to pass,” citizens may address the following with the council:

  • 1. Purchase of Police Pursuit Replacement Vehicles
  • 2. Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership (HOME) programs
  • 3. Approval of Claim Vouchers for March 26, 2012

At the end of the meeting time is set aside for citizens to address the council on any topic, for instance public policy concerns related to the city including those discussed at the C-Tran meeting — as long as the citizen signs up prior to the meeting and follows the guidelines.

Citizen Forum Guidelines per city’s website:

This is the place on the agenda where the public is invited to speak to Council regarding any issue. Up to 90 minutes will be allotted for the Citizen Forum. Each speaker is requested to fill out a pre-printed testimony card (provided at the information table in the lobby) with their name/address and matter to be discussed. They are also asked to sit at the table at the place marked “Citizen Testimony” and give their name and city of residence for the audio record. Please notify the Council Assistant if you are unable to sit at the table to give your testimony and wish to have a wireless microphone provided to you. Each speaker shall have one opportunity to address the Council. Citizens testifying are asked to limit testimony to three minutes.