The County Council will hold formal public hearings on specific issues when required by law or the council wants to hear directly from citizens on an issue. The council usually schedules these hearings during a regular evening council meeting. During the hearing, each citizen is given one opportunity to speak to the council for up to three minutes. Before or during the hearing, citizens may also submit written testimony to the council.
In addition to public hearings on specific issues, the council usually schedules an open session at its regularly scheduled evening council meetings for public input on any topic not scheduled for public hearing.