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Town Meetings are an opportunity for citizens to present concerns and express opinions on an individual basis. They are not intended as forums for public debate or City Council deliberations. Given the size and diversity of the City of Chesapeake, Town Meetings provide a vital forum to allow citizens to take an active role in their local government.
Town Meeting Format
The meetings do not routinely have a specific topic. Discussion is open to whatever areas the attending citizens wish to address. Meetings are from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and citizens may come at any point during that time. Members of both the City Council and City staff attend each Town Meeting. No minimum quorum of Council Members is required for the meeting.
When and Where are Town Meetings Held?
Town Meetings are usually scheduled on the first Tuesday during the months of February, June and December.
Town Meetings rotate throughout the City. They shall be held in the City of Chesapeake’s high schools on a rotating basis. Should a high school not be available on a set meeting date, the meeting may be held in the closest available community center, public library, or other facility having appropriately sized and accessible meeting space.
Notice of meeting dates, times and locations will be posted, as required by the Virginia Freedom of Information Act. Additionally, signs will be posted in the area surrounding the meeting site.
Do My Comments Reach the Right People?
City staff will be on hand at each Town Meeting to either directly answer questions or gather information for a follow-up response. City Council Members may also be in attendance to answer questions and discuss concerns one-to-one with citizens. A summary of issues and responses will be posted to the City website following the meeting. Inquiries not resolved at the meeting will receive follow-up by staff.
Who Should Attend?
Any Chesapeake resident interested in the affairs of the City should attend a Town Meeting.