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Occasionally, special sessions of Council are held on other days, typically in the evenings, though such special sessions are very infrequent. Public notice regarding any special session of Council goes out to local media and is posted to the Butte-Silver Bow website at least three days (and usually 1-2 weeks) in advance.
Alternatively, you can contact a Commissioner directly to ask about past votes or other Council issues.
Second, you can obtain a copy of an agenda from the Council secretary. The office of the secretary is on the 2nd floor of the Butte courthouse, just inside the Clerk and Recorder's Office, 155 W Granite St. Agendas can also be requested at the check-in table in Council Chambers on the 3rd floor of the courthouse immediately before or after Council meetings.
Finally, The Montana Standard and Butte Weekly often have articles covering agenda items.
The deadline is 2:00 p.m. on Friday preceding the next regular meeting.
Second, you can contact your Commissioner and ask that they submit the issue on your behalf. In some cases, they may still ask that you put the issue in writing or they may be able to help you resolve the issue without going through the formal process.
Many communications are referred to a Council committee where they are more thoroughly reviewed and a possible public hearing may be scheduled to get more public input.
Other communications are referred to a Butte-Silver Bow Department for review and a formal recommendation back to Council.
Finally, some communications are referred to the Butte-Silver Bow County Attorney for a legal opinion before any action is taken.
In all cases, action on communications can vary from taking place immediately on emergency situations to taking weeks to months when major ordinances are being changed.
The Committee of the Whole meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month and usually address communications from the Regular Meeting that need further research, review, discussion or debate. This meeting is also chaired by the Chair of the Council and some communications may sit in the Committee of the Whole for extended periods of time until final action is taken.
1. Finance & Budget—meets at 7:00 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday and 6:00 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month.
2. Public Works—meets at 6:30 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month.
3. Judiciary—meets at 7:00 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month.
4. Personnel—meets as needed to address personnel issues.
Committees typically meeting the Council Chambers on the 3rd floor of the Butte courthouse, 155 W Granite St.
Also, the public can speak on issues if an individual Commissioner calls on a person during the meeting.