City Council Meeting FAQ


  • How can I find out what the City Council will be discussing at an upcoming meeting?
    You can see a draft of upcoming City Council meeting agenda items on the City Council Meetings page.
  • How can I give input on an issue of interest to me?

    Citizens can provide input on an issue of interest in any of the following ways:

    • Contact a Council Member directly. Contact information (including phone and email) can be found on the Mayor & Council page
    • Write a letter. Send or deliver a letter to City Hall, 500 Center Avenue, P.O. Box 779, Moorhead, MN, 56561-0779. It will be routed to the Mayor and/or Council Member as addressed.
    • Personally address the City Council at a Council Meeting. The City Council welcomes and encourages public input on issues listed on Council agendas or of general community interest.
      • Citizens wishing to address the Mayor and Council regarding a specific agenda item will be afforded an opportunity during the discussion of that item.
      • Citizens wishing to speak on matters not listed on the agenda will be afforded the opportunity to do so under the agenda heading “Citizens Addressing the Council”.
      • Each person requesting the opportunity to speak is asked to fill out a “Request to Speak Form” and present it to the City Clerk. This yellow form is located on the table just outside of Council Chambers.
      • When called upon by the Mayor, citizens will be asked to approach the podium/microphone and give his/her name and address.
      • All remarks should be addressed to the Council as a body, and not to any particular member.
      • Speakers will be limited to three minutes.

  • What does it mean when the Council approves the "Consent Agenda"?
    The City Manager places certain items of business on the consent agenda which are deemed to be routine and non-controversial in nature. Consent agenda items are noted with an asterisk ( * ). A member of the Council may remove any item from the consent agenda. Items removed shall become one of the regular agenda items of the meeting and is considered in its normal sequence on the agenda. All items which are not removed from the consent agenda are passed by a single, non-debatable motion.
  • What is an "Executive Session" of the City Council?

    All official meetings of the Council are open to the public with the exception of executive sessions as allowed by law. Executive sessions, or closed meetings, are typically scheduled to follow the regular agenda items at a City Council Meeting. Executive sessions may be held under two circumstances:

    • To discuss labor negotiation strategies in accordance with the Minnesota Open Meeting Law.
    • To discuss threatened or pending litigation under attorney/client privilege.
  • What is the difference between a City Council Meeting and a Committee of the Whole meeting?
    At regular City Council meetings the Council acts on official City of Moorhead business. At Committee of the Whole Meetings Council Members discuss City business or other matters of interest as determined by the Council. No official action is taken at Committee of the Whole meetings.
  • When and where does the Moorhead City Council meet?

    The City Council typically meets every second, third and fourth Mondays of each month at 5:30 pm in the Council Chambers located on first floor of City Hall, 500 Center Avenue. Regular City Council Meetings occur on the second and fourth Mondays. Committee of the Whole meetings take place on the third Mondays.

    See the full calendar of scheduled City Council meetings.

  • Where can I find City Council agendas, minutes, video, and resolutions?
    Agendas, minutes, videos and resolutions are all available on the City Council Meetings page.