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Posted on: March 16, 2020

Changes to public participation during Council Meetings effective March 17


Out of an abundance of caution, and in an effort to protect the health and safety of our employees, residents and visitors, the Council Chambers will be closed to the public during City Council Work Sessions and Regular Meetings until further notice. Public comment will be taken through several technology solutions.   

Beginning with the Tuesday, March 17th Work Session and Regular Session, the city will provide email and phone-in options for public participation. The following are instructions for each method of comment:

  • Email: To submit email comments, including Call to the Public for non-agenda items, please email prior to the start of the meeting, which is generally 4 p.m. for Work Sessions and 6 p.m. for Regular Sessions. Please check the agenda for exact times.  Only comments received prior to the start of the meeting will be considered and included in the record.
  • Phone: To comment live by phone for Call to the Public for non-agenda items or for agenda items, please call 623.222.1250 prior to, or during, the meeting to have your name placed on a callback list. If you reach voicemail, please leave your name and phone number. The City Clerk will call those wishing to comment from the dais during the meeting, and the call will be streamed through the Council Chamber audio system. Only calls received before or during Call to the Public for non-agenda items or before action is taken on the subject agenda item will be accepted and streamed.  No calls will be accepted after action has been taken upon or an agenda item has otherwise concluded.

As always, the City of Surprise streams and broadcasts its City Council meetings. Watch live on Cox channel 11,, or the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at

To see the meeting agenda, please visit

For questions about how to submit a public comment, please contact the Surprise City Clerk at or 623.222.1200.

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