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The Mayor and four Council members represent the residents of St. Helena, review public policy, and adopt policies responsive to the community. The City Council meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 6:00 pm in the¬†Vintage Hall Board Room located on the St. Helena High School Campus, at 465 Main Street.¬†
Parking is located in front of Vintage Hall with access off of Main Street. The Board Room is located on the second floor.
The public is invited to attend Council Meetings. The meetings are broadcast live on Channel 28 and¬†are replayed¬†the Friday after the meeting at 9:00¬†a.m.¬†
Please feel free to contact your City Council via the following email link: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact the City Clerk to leave them a message at (707) 968-2742.¬†
Understanding City Council Meetings
The following information will help you understand and participate in your City‚Äôs government.¬† Included are descriptions of the types of City Council meetings, Agenda Items, City Council Actions, and the opportunities available for the public to address the City Council.¬† City Council meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month.¬† The City Council agenda is available prior to each meeting in the City Clerk‚Äôs Office and the City's website.¬†
The City of St. Helena is a General Law City and operates a Council-City Manager style of government and derives its power from the California Constitution and laws enacted by the State legislature.¬† All legislative power is held by the publicly elected, five member City Council which consists of the Mayor and four Councilmembers.¬† While all Councilmembers enjoy the same powers and privileges, the Mayor has the additional responsibility of presiding over City Council meetings, signing official documents, and officiating at ceremonies and events.
St. Helena‚Äôs Municipal Election is held in November of even numbered years.¬† Councilmembers serve a four year term.¬† The Mayor serves a two year term.
The City of St. Helena welcomes your participation at Council meetings.¬† Opportunities for the public to address the City Council are provided under the Public Comment, Consent, Public Hearing and New Business sections of the agenda.¬† If you wish to address the City Council during a section the Mayor will call upon the public to address the Council.¬† State law prohibits the Council from taking action on any item not listed on the agenda.¬† Please observe the three minute limit when addressing the City Council.
If you are unable to attend the Council meeting, written communications may be sent to the City Clerk by e-mail (email@example.com) or by regular mail.¬† Communications received after distribution of the agenda packet will be made available to the Council at the meeting.
The Council meeting begins with a CALL TO ORDER by the Mayor.¬† The City Clerk performs the ROLL CALL.¬† The PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE is recited by those in attendance.¬†
The PUBLIC FORUM section of the agenda provides the public with an opportunity to address the Council on any item that is within the jurisdiction of the City Council and which does not appear on the agenda. The Council may not take action on an item presented during Public Comment. The public may address the Council on items appearing on the agenda during the public hearing or public input phase when action is being taken by the Council on the item.
REPORTS BY STAFF AND CITY COUNCIL, FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS, and AB 1234 REPORTS provides an opportunity for the Councilmembers to make a brief announcement or report on their activities, including reports on City Council liaison assignments.¬† Also provides for staff to report on information of general interest.
PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLIC RECOGNITIONS, is a section that provides the public or other agencies with an opportunity to present information or items of concern to the City Council. PROCLAMATIONS are documents that recognize an individual or proclaim or acknowledge an event or specific activity of interest to the community.
CONSENT items are typically routine in nature and are considered for approval by the City Council with one single action.¬† The City Council or members of the audience who would like an item removed from the Consent for purposes of discussion may request removal at the time the Mayor asks if there is anyone interested in removing items.
PUBLIC HEARINGS are held on matters required by law or items of significance for which public input is desired.¬† The Mayor begins a Public Hearing by asking for presentations from staff and from the proponent or applicant involved in the matter under discussion.¬† Following questions from the City Council, the Mayor will open the hearing to the public for input from citizens.¬† Following the close of the Hearing, the City Council takes action on the subject of the Hearing.
NEW BUSINESS covers those items which require Council discussion and/or decision but do not legally require a Public Hearing.¬† Councilmembers are permitted to ask questions of staff and the principals before the Mayor invites citizens to provide input.
CITY COUNCIL ACTIONS
The City Council takes action in four different ways:
ORDINANCES are laws adopted by the City Council which usually amend the Municipal Code.¬† Most ordinances appear on two consecutive City Council Agendas.¬† An ordinance is usually introduced at the first meeting and adopted at the second meeting.¬† Most ordinances become effective 30 days after adoption.
RESOLUTIONS express decisions, opinions, or actions by the City Council but do not amend the Municipal Code or other City laws.
APPOINTMENTS are designations of selected applicants to various Boards, Commissions, and Committees by the City Council.
CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS
SUBMITTING MATERIAL OR DOCUMENTS:
You may submit material to the City Clerk‚Äôs office by the Thursday before a Council meeting for distribution to the Council in advance of the meeting.¬† This gives Councilmembers time to review the information provided.¬† If you have any questions regarding copies or procedures, call the City Clerk‚Äôs office at 707-967-2742.
Any supporting materials (at least 10 copies) which you wish to present at the Council meeting should be given to the City Clerk before addressing the Council.¬† Any material submitted becomes part of the public record and will not be returned.
REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS are held at 6:00 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month in the Vintage Hall Board Room ‚Äď Second Floor, 465 Main Street, St. Helena, CA¬† 94574.¬† Agendas are posted at City Hall, Vintage Hall, St. Helena Library. The Agenda Packet is available on the City web page.
CLOSED SESSIONS are held for specific purposes such as litigation or personnel matters as allowed under State law.¬† Closed Sessions are not open to the public.
SPECIAL MEETINGS are held in accordance with the Ralph M. Brown Act.¬† Agendas are available prior to the meeting in the City Clerk‚Äôs Office.¬†
WORKSHOPS/STUDY SESSIONS provide an opportunity for the City staff to report to the City Council on a variety of items and issues.¬† Study Sessions are open to the public.¬† Check with the City Clerk‚Äôs office or City web pages for times and locations