County board meetings

County board and committee meetings are normally held Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. in the Hennepin County Government Center, 24th floor (County Board Room), unless otherwise noted.

Current and previous board meetings, agendas and minutes dating to 2008 are available online. The agenda for the next board meeting is published as soon as possible prior to the meeting. Materials from 2007 and earlier are available by contacting the Clerk of the Board.

Board and committee meetings are live-streamed on the web, broadcast live on Metropolitan Cable Network Channel 6, and re-broadcast on Channel 6 on Fridays at 8 p.m.

The seven members of the county board also make up the Regional Railroad Authority and the Housing and Redevelopment Authority, each separate political entities distinct from the county board.

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Committee and meeting structure

Prior to formal action by the board, agenda items are usually discussed in one of six standing committees:

  • Budget and Capital Investment
  • Public Works, Energy and Environment
  • Health and Human Services
  • Public Safety and Judiciary
  • Libraries, Technology and General Government
  • Intergovernmental

Committees meet in succession – the order in which they meet varies.

Board briefings and special meetings
Commissioners meet frequently with the county administrator and staff to informally discuss current issues. These board briefings are generally scheduled several Thursdays of each month at 9:30 a.m. in County Board Room A-2400 in the Government Center. Briefing dates and agendas are available by contacting board chair Commissioner Mike Opat at 612-348-7881 or email, Michael.Opat@hennepin.us.

Occasionally the board may call either a special meeting or emergency meeting. The public can find notice of these meetings in our online calendar as well as other sources required by state law.

Public hearings

Proposed 2014 Hennepin County Consortium Draft 2014 Action Plan

  • Tuesday, April 29, 2014
  • 1:30 p.m.
  • Hennepin County Board Room (A-2400), Hennepin County Government Center, 300 South 6th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55487
  • To request special accommodations (e.g., sign language, interpreter or assisted hearing equipment), call 612-348-9260 (voice) at least three days prior to the hearing.
  • Hearing conducted by the Public Works, Energy and Environment Committee
  • Full hearing notice 2014 Action Plan 4-29-14 (DOC)

Public comment on Southwest Light Rail Transit physical design

  • Monday, May 12, 2014
  • 6 p.m.
  • Hennepin County Board Room (A-2400), Hennepin County Government Center, 300 South 6th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55487
  • To request special accommodations (e.g. sign language, interpreter or assisted hearing equipment), call 612-348-9260 (voice) at least three days prior to the hearing.
  • Hearing conducted by the Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority Board of Commissioners in collaboration with the Metropolitan Council
  • Full hearing notice Southwest Light Rail Transit 5-12-14 (DOC)

Addressing the board

Called "open forum," this time is for residents to address commissioners on issues not on the agenda. Open forum is provided during the Libraries, Technology and General Government Committee.

Instructions for public comment

1. Sign up to speak when you arrive at the meeting. There is no pre-registration.

2. When it's your turn to speak:

  • There's a three-minute limit for each speaker. Prepare accordingly.
  • Watch the timing device near the microphone mount on the podium. Green allows you to proceed, yellow means you have one minute left, and red means your time is up.
  • Speak clearly into the microphone at the podium.

Be respectful of others listening or speaking in the meeting room (side conversations should be conducted quietly).

Rules about the board meeting room

  • Signs are permitted, but cannot be mounted on sticks and are not permitted inside the County Board Room itself. If your sign is attached to a stick, remove the stick.
  • Cell phones and other communication devices must be turned off while in the meeting room. Calls can be made in the lobby area.
  • All Hennepin County facilities are smoke-free.

Clerk of the county board

The clerk serves as the official record keeper of all decisions made by the Hennepin County Board and its authorities, the Regional Railroad Authority and the Housing and Redevelopment Authority. Residents and officials are welcome to ask questions of the clerk's office regarding attendance at board meetings, meeting agendas, contacting your commissioner, and citizen advisory board applications and appointments.

Duties of the clerk

  • Publishing board agendas
  • Recording meetings and board actions
  • Preparing meeting minutes for publication in the official county newspaper and for permanent record in accordance with state law
  • Certifying board resolutions and meeting minutes
  • Serving as deputy county auditor to accept claims against the county
  • Serving as the liaison for the citizen advisory board open appointments process
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