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County board meetings

The Hennepin County board will host full board and committee meetings virtually until further notice. Meetings are normally held Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. (unless otherwise noted). Find specific details for scheduled meetings below.

Meetings, agendas and minutes

Current and archival board meetings, agendas, and minutes are available online. The county publishes the agenda for the next board meeting as soon as possible prior to the meeting.

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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On Tuesday, July 27, at 1:30 p.m. there will be board committee meetings and a meeting of the Housing and Redevelopment Authority.

Participate in open forum

We are committed to retaining public participation at our board meetings in the current remote working environment. We are currently pre-recording comments for open forum and playing them back during meetings.

Comments for the meeting will be recorded between 10 and 10:45 a.m. Comments will be recorded in a first-come, first-served order. Open forum is limited to 30 minutes of comments total.

Record a comment for the meeting

  • Call 612-348-3100
  • Leave a voicemail message with your comments

For comments to be included in open forum, recorded messages will need to meet the following standards just as they would in person:

  • Participants will need state their first and last name for the record
  • Participants will need to adhere to the rules of decorum as outlined in our posted guidance for addressing the board
  • Comments must be kept to a 2-minute limit. Comments that are made beyond the 2- minute limit will not be heard  

At 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 3, there will be a meeting of the Hennepin County Board and Regional Railroad Authority

Watch the meetings on Microsoft Teams

Closed captioning for board meetings can be accessed here

Participate in open forum

We are committed to retaining public participation at our board meetings in the current remote working environment. We are currently pre-recording comments for open forum and playing them back during meetings.

Comments for this meeting will be recorded between 10 and 10:45 a.m. Comments will be recorded in a first-come, first-served order. Open forum is limited to 30 minutes of comments total.

Record a comment for the meeting

Call 612-348-3100 and leave a voicemail message with your comments.

For comments to be included in open forum, recorded messages will need to meet the following standards just as they would in person:

  • Remarks should be limited to topics that are relevant to agenda items.
  • Participants will need state their first and last name for the record.
  • Participants will need to adhere to the rules of decorum as outlined in our posted guidance for addressing the board.
  • Comments must be kept to a 2-minute limit. Comments that are made beyond the 2- minute limit will not be heard.

Board meeting rules on open forum for board meeting

The Board agenda shall include an “Open Forum on Agenda Items” agenda category. Open Forum on Agenda Items is an opportunity for individuals to address the Board for up to three minutes on a topic on the Board’s agenda. At the Chair’s discretion, a person seeking to address the Board during this time may be asked to hold their comments until the relevant item is under consideration by the Board.

On Tuesday, August 10, at 1:30 p.m., the board will conduct a public hearing on proposed revisions to Ordinance 21 (Retail Tobacco Sales) and Ordinance 24 (Smoke-Free Ordinance).

On Tuesday, August 10, at 1:30 p.m., the board will also conduct a public hearing on the issuance of revenue bonds for multifamily affordable housing development at 2025 West River Road. Which will include 163 units of affordable rental housing.

Participate in meetings

We are committed to retaining public participation at meetings in the current remote working environment. Details for how to comment at meetings is listed above.

Hennepin County Rules of Public Participation

The Hennepin County Rules of Public Participation govern public participation at meetings of the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners, Hennepin County Regional Rail Authority (HCRRA), and Hennepin County Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA). These rules govern all aspects of public participation at meetings, as well as decorum for members of the public that attend meetings.

The purposes of the rules of public participation are:

  • To ensure the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners, HCRRA, and HRA can conduct its business in a transparent and effective manner;
  • To ensure that members of the public who attend meetings can be heard in a fair, impartial manner;
  • To ensure that meetings are conducted in a way that is open to all viewpoints, yet free from abusive, distracting or intimidating behavior; and
  • To ensure that the rules governing public participation at meetings are understood by persons attending the meetings.

General rules of decorum for meetings

Meeting attendees

Members of the public attending meetings of the county board, HCRRA, and HRA, including any meeting of a committee of the board, board briefings, and public hearings shall not engage in any of the following activities during a meeting:

  • Shouting, chanting, disruptive behavior, clapping, stamping of feet, whistles, use of a bull horn or similar demonstrations;
  • Speaking out of turn or making remarks when not recognized by the chair of the board or presiding officer at the meeting;
  • Use of profanity, personal attacks, or threats of violence; or
  • Any other behavior that disrupts the orderly conduct of the meeting.

Placards, banners and signs

These are not permitted in the county board room. Such placards, banners, or signs are allowed outside the glass partition of the county board room as long as they are held in a manner such that they do not obstruct the view of any person or impede the free flow of movement by any other person at the meeting. When meetings are not held in the county board room, such signs are only allowed in the back of the room in which the board is meeting as long as they are held in a manner such that they do not obstruct the view of any person or impede the free flow of movement by any other person at the meeting.

Rules of decorum for public comments at meetings

Public comments at county board, HCRRA, and HRA meetings are only allowed when authorized. The following rules apply to public comments:

Open forum

Pursuant to county board resolution, members of the public are invited to address the county board.

  • Committee meetings: remarks should be limited to topics that are relevant to Hennepin County during the open forum section of the county administration committee meeting.
  • Board meetings: remarks should be limited to topics that are relevant to agenda items.

Other opportunities

On occasion there may be other opportunities for the public to address the county board, HCRRA or HRA. On these occasions the rules of decorum governing public hearings apply.

Enforcement of the rules

  • If an individual (or individuals) violates the rules of decorum, the chair of the county board or presiding officer at the meeting will request that the individual(s) who is violating a rule cease the violation;
  • If the violation continues, the chair of the county board or presiding officer will warn the individual(s) that if the behavior violating the rules does not stop, he/she/they will be required to leave the meeting room;
  • If the individual(s) does not stop the behavior violating the rules and/or leave the meeting room as directed by the chair or the presiding officer, the chair of the county board or presiding officer in his or her discretion may request security to remove the individual(s) from the meeting room;
  • The chair of the county board or presiding officer may recess the meeting to allow security to remove individual(s) and restore order; and
  • Persons who knowingly disrupt the meeting may be subject to arrest and prosecution pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 609.72 for disorderly conduct or other offenses.

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

  • Administration, Libraries and Budget
  • Health and Human Services
  • Intergovernmental
  • Public Safety
  • Public Works

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 a.m. or 10 a.m. in County Board Room A-2400 in the Government Center. Briefing dates and agendas are available by contacting Laura Hoffman at 612-348-0863 or email laura.hoffman@hennepin.us.

Occasionally the board may call either a special meeting or emergency meeting. The public can find notice of these meetings posted as required by state law.

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

Serve claims and summons to the clerk's office

Until further notice, legal service of process upon the County of Hennepin should be made at the Health Services Building located at 525 Portland Avenue South in Minneapolis. Service can be accepted on behalf of the county auditor and chair of the county board at this location by appointment. To make an appointment, please call 612-348-3011.

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