Denver is popping up on all kinds of lists as a great place to live, work, play, etc. It's also topping lists of cities with rising home prices and rental rates and high population growth. Denver City Council grapples with these, and many other issues. The Council held a retreat at the beginning of this year and came up with two key citywide issues and two specific projects to focus on in 2018. Read the Denver City Council’s Policy and Budget Vision 2018-2019 document for more details.
A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog post about the Colorado General Assembly that gave an overview of how people like you and me could engage with our representatives at the state capitol. Here I'd like to focus on the Denver City Council.
The Denver City Council "makes laws, budgets City money, and has authority to investigate City agencies and employees. There are 13 council members, one from each of the 11 council districts and two at-large members. The Council meets most Mondays at 5:30 p.m. in the City and County Building at 1437 Bannock St., Rm. 451. Council committees also have separate meetings to discuss their respective issues. All council meetings are open to the public.
If you don't know which district you're in or who your representative is, you can use the Council Districts mapping tool to find out. If you want to have your voice heard, there are a few ways to do it. You can contact the main office by email - firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 720-337-2000. The Council Members page will lead you to more information about each Council person, how to contact them, and to resources and services of interest to people in the particular district. My representative, Jolon Clark, has a survey on his website, available in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.
If you want to speak directly to the Council in person, you may provide public input at committee meetings, public hearings, or during general public comment sessions on the first and third Mondays between 5:00 - 5:30 pm, before Council meetings. Check out the Public Input page for many more important details.
One of the primary duties of City Council is crafting local laws. Check out the nifty Legislative Workflow diagram to find out how. You can search current and past bills, resolutions, proclamations, etc. here, or you can search the codified laws (Denver Municipal Code) at Municode.com.
You can also watch City Council Meetings live on Denver 8 TV. Archived audio, video, and meeting agendas for City Council and Council Committees are also available on Denver 8 TV's website. Mayor-Council meeting audio and video are also available.
To keep up with what's going on with Denver politics, including City Council, you can keep an eye on the Denver Post's Denver Politics page. If you don't have online access you can search or browse the Denver Post in Newsbank with a Denver Public Library card. If you need assistance, please contact us!
If you really want to engage with the Denver City Council by running for office, check out the "How Does a Person Run for City Council" section the Council's FAQ page.
Got questions? Ask Us or call Reference Services at 720-865-1363!