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Yes. Both council meetings and council workshops are open to the public.
Workshops include city staff presentations and council discussions. No formal actions are taken at council workshops. Workshops do not include public input, but the public is welcomed to attend and sit in the audience at council workshops.
At Blaine City Council meetings, there is an open forum for residents to speak to the council. During open forum the public is invited to speak on any topic that is not a part of an agenda item later in the meeting. Each speaker is given three minutes to address the council during open forum. Public input is also taken during public hearings throughout the council meeting. Not all council items include a public comment period. Some items hold public hearings at the board or commission level, such as development items at the Planning Commission meetings.
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Blaine City Council meetings are held the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month. The meetings begin at 7:30PM in the Council Chambers at Blaine City Hall. Council workshops are held on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Monday of each month at 6PM in the Clover Leaf Farm room at Blaine City Hall.
The City of Blaine is divided into three council wards. A map of council wards is available at blainemn.gov/maps.
Yes. The City of Blaine has a government access channel that is broadcast on the Comcast cable network. Channel 16 and 799 in Blaine show live city meetings and replays of previous meetings. Meetings are also available as a live stream and for on demand viewing at BlaineMN.gov/Video.
The term for both the Mayor and Councilmembers is four years. There are no term limits. The City of Blaine is divided into three council wards. Each ward has two councilmembers. The mayor is elected by the entire city.
A quorum of four councilmembers is required for most votes. A majority vote is needed to approve motions, resolutions and ordinances.