Participate in City Council Meetings

county building City Council Responsibilities

The City Council meets to conduct the public's business for the City and County of Broomfield. Since the inception of the combined city and county government which began November 15, 2001, the Broomfield City Council has handled both municipal and county responsibilities under the jurisdiction of the City Charter and the voter-approved amendment to the Constitution of the State of Colorado.

video Council Recordings

Meetings are open to the public and their proceedings are documented and kept by the city clerk. Audio and video tapes are also made of the meetings, and may be accessed by members of the public by appointment with the city clerk in the Central Records Office in the City and County Building. These tapes may not be removed from the building, but copies may be requested for purchase.

people Council Meetings and Participation

Council meetings are open to the public, and you are encouraged to attend. City laws are codified in the Broomfield Municipal Code, and consist of the city's ordinances. All new ordinances require postings in designated facilities, publication in a newspaper of general circulation within the city, and at least one public hearing before they are adopted. Citizens are encouraged to participate in public hearings. They are scheduled during regular or special city council meetings.

votebox Ordinances

Ordinances are the laws passed by City Council. Under the city's charter, all legislative acts must be passed by ordinance. Ordinances are required for actions that appropriate money, create indebtedness, levy taxes, establish rules that if violated and have a penalty (fines or jail) imposed. Ordinances are also required for any action that involves the use of private property, such as annexation or zoning issues.

checkbox Resolutions

Resolutions are formal expressions of the City Council's opinion, will or intent. Resolutions must be confined to one subject. The city's annual budget is adopted by resolution, as are other routine actions which the City Council must authorize. Some examples are:
  • Appointments
  • Agreements with outside consultants or vendors
  • Authorizations of purchases
  • Leases
The remainder of City Council actions are done by simple motion as outlined in Roberts Rules of Order.

checkboxCity Council meeting agendas are public documents, and follow a specific order:

    1. Roll call
    2. Pledge of Allegiance
    3. Review and Approval of Agenda
    4. Petitions and Communications (ordinarily should be limited to 5 minutes)
    5. Citizens' Comments
      This time is reserved for comments only on matters other than the public hearings listed on the printed agenda. To accommodate all persons wishing to speak and the Council's business, speakers are requested to limit comments to no more than three (3) minutes.
    6. Community and Event Updates
    7. Consent Agenda
      Items placed on the Consent Agenda may be removed by any Councilmember or upon the request of any persons present at the meeting prior to adoption of the Consent Agenda. Items removed from the Consent Agenda will be considered in order following approval of the remaining Consent Agenda items.
    8. Convene as Board of Social Services
    9. Convene as Board of Health
    10. Convene as Broomfield Housing Authority
    11. Council Business
    12. Attorney's Report
    13. Manager's Report
    14. Convene as Urban Renewal Authority
    15. Convene as Arista Local Improvement District Board of Directors
    16. Special Reports
    17. Councilmember and Mayor Requests for Future Action
    18. Councilmember Reports
    19. Adjournment