Each week's Council agenda is available on the Current Agendas page. Hard copies are also available at the City Clerk's Office located at the 5th Floor of City Hall.
Both the current and the next weeks (advanced) agenda are always available with “full packets”. This means that each agenda item's supporting paperwork is contained within the file, so the full text of legislation can be viewed. Past agenda packets from the last several years are also available.
A resolution is typically a non-binding expression of the City Council's values or position on an issue. An ordinance is legislation which necessitates changes in our current laws, policies or procedures as a city, which is codified in the Spokane Municipal Code.
Ordinances must be read once during a council meeting before the meeting at which the ordinances will be voted on. A “first reading” ordinance is only a reading, no testimony and no votes are taken. A “second” or “final reading” ordinance is set for action and open for testimony at the meeting. Resolutions do not have first and second readings, so if they are on the current agenda, they are up for a vote that night.
Council legislation can come about in many ways. The City Administration can bring legislation to the Council for a vote. Many times this legislation goes through one of the Council standing committees for discussion and briefing beforehand.
Also, any Councilmember can bring forth their own or citizen initiated legislation. Again, often times this will go through committees or a Council Study Session before getting on the agenda.
Yes. At every City Council meeting there is a public comment period both before and after the legislative session. During this period, any citizen can speak before the Council on issues they wish to make public as long as the topic is not on the Council's advance or current agenda, in which case the citizen will have to wait until the appropriate council meeting to testify.
You can find each council member's email address on their respective pages on the Council website as well as the City Council phone number: 509.625.6255. You may call, email or write a letter to individual Councilmember's or the Council as a whole. Our mailing address is City Council, 7th Floor Municipal Bldg., 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., Spokane, WA 99201.
Yes, all Council meetings are broadcast on City Cable channel 5 and later available on the Cable 5 website along with other public meetings.
Call the Council office at 509.625.6255 or email the council member you wish to speak with.
Most council members have a legislative aide or assistant, who can help you schedule a meeting with them. Call the Council office to speak with any of the legislative aides.
The Council has several presentations on the budget as early as the spring, then the Mayor drafts a budget. Council hearings on the City budget are usually in late November and early December during Council meetings. The Council usually then makes changes and votes on the budget in early December.
Council Study Sessions are each Thursday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Council Briefing Chamber. Either the Administration or the Council can request that specific items be put on the Study Session calendar for a more in depth discussion. Items range from specific projects, to upcoming legislation, to entire City departments giving updates. These are open public meetings and anyone is welcome to attend. However, public testimony is not taken during Study Sessions.
The Council has an administrative session each Monday at 3:30 p.m. to both be briefed on the upcoming Council meeting agendas, as well as to approve consent agenda items consisting of non-legislative items requiring Council approval. These sessions are also televised on City Cable 5 and contained in the on-line agenda packets.
City Council Office
City Hall, 7th floor
808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.
Spokane, WA 99201