Council decisions are made at ordinary council meetings, special council meetings and committee meetings. The committee meetings deal with specific council issues before being referred to council meetings.
Council meetings follow a formal written agenda, which sets out the order and details of the business to be discussed. A large part of Council meetings is taken up with discussion and deciding upon recommendations from the Committee meetings. Once resolved by Council these recommendations are implemented by the City’s officers.
Members of the public are welcome to attend Council meetings but are not permitted to take part in Council debate. Council meetings are closed to the public in order to receive Deputations and for Council to discuss ‘Confidential Matters Behind Closed Doors’