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County board meetings

Meetings are normally held Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. (unless otherwise noted). Find specific details for scheduled meetings below.

The Hennepin County Board is currently hosting hybrid meetings. Meetings can be viewed online.

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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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 on days when committees meet.
  • Open forum will be held before the first committee meeting is called to order. Committees generally meet every-other Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. See the board meeting calendar for committee meeting dates.
  • In-person comments will be heard first, followed by recorded remarks. Open forum will conclude after all remarks are heard or at the 30 minute time limit for open forum — whichever comes first. It is at the discretion of the board chair to extend public comment during open forum.
  • Open forum will not be part of the broadcast meeting, but comments will be retained as part of the meeting record. You may need to refresh your browser if watching the meeting online to see the start of the meeting. If there is not enough time to play all comments during open forum, recordings will be sent to commissioners.
  • Speakers will be limited to two minutes for remarks during open forum.
  • You may make comments in person or via recording.
  • To record a comment for open forum, call 612-348-3100 and leave a voicemail message between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. every Monday.

For comments to be included in open forum, both in-person and recorded messages will need to meet the following standards:

  • Remarks should be limited to topics that are relevant to Hennepin County.
  • Participants will need to 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 2-minutes or less.

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.

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

Legal service of process upon the County of Hennepin may be made by appointment with the Hennepin County Clerk's office by calling 612-348-3801.

You may also visit the County Auditor at the Hennepin County Government Center during normal business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Map: Hennepin County Government Center
300 South Sixth Street, Minneapolis, MN 55487

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
  • Law, Safety and Justice
  • 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.

Audio recordings of these meetings and the topics are available following the briefings.

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.

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