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Types of Meetings
City Councils can hold six types of meetings. All meetings, except for an executive session, are open to the public. According to the Freedom of Information Act, the Council must give the general public notice about the time and place for a meeting at least two hours before it starts.

Regular Council Meetings: These meetings take care of reoccurring or general matters. During these meetings, aldermen vote to enact ordinances, resolutions, and award contracts and establish policies.

Special Council Meetings: These meeting are generally called for a specific purpose that requires action prior to the next regular Council meeting.  Usually these meetings have only one or two items on the agenda. 

Public Hearings: The Council holds hearings to allow residents an opportunity to share their ideas and explain how they feel about certain issues.

Executive Session: The Council holds these closed meetings only to discuss a particular public officer or employee. They can discuss hiring, appointing, promoting, demoting or disciplining someone. They cannot discuss policies during an executive session.

Work Session: The Council can hold a more casual meeting called a work session when they need to learn more about proposals or challenges. Since the Council doesnít have to deal with all the business of a regular meeting, they can have longer discussions and talk about issues in more detail.

Informational Meetings:  The Council or a Council Committee may hold a less formal meeting to provide residents with information relating to issues affecting them.

Source:  Guidebook for Municipal Officials of Mayor/Council Cities
Revised June 2011. Written and published by the Arkansas Municipal League

First Meeting Hints

Hints if you are attending your first regular council meeting:

  • Read the agenda before the meeting.
  • Check past minutes before the meeting if you need more information.
  • Sign in and indicate whether you want to address the council during the part of the agenda called ďCitizen Input/Public Appearances.Ē
  • Keep your comments short and to the point. You are allowed about three minutes.
  • If you speak, stay through the whole meeting to learn if the council does or says anything about your issue.
  • Stay quiet during the meeting. You may talk to council members before and after the meeting.

Regular Monthly Meeting Time & Place

The City Councilís regular monthly meetings are held 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month at Bella Vista Community TV, 1801 Forest Hills Blvd., Suite 203. The station is downstairs in the Highlands Crossing building.
 
The meeting is open to everyone. Itís also broadcast live and recorded for later repeat broadcasts.
 
If you canít attend a meeting, you can watch the monthly City Council meeting, live, each fourth Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. on Cox Communications cable channel 222.
 
The broadcast is repeated each Monday at 6:30 p.m. The meeting can also be viewed at 11:00 a.m., the Tuesday following the fourth Monday broadcast. 
 

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  The City of Bella Vista
101 Town Center
P.O. Box 5655
Bella Vista, AR 72714
Phone: 479-876-1255 Office Hours are:
8:00a to 4:30p Monday thru Friday
except on National Holidays.

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