Citizen's Forum

How to Participate in the Citizen’s Forum

At the March 18th, 2020 Chisago County Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board of Commissioners voted 5-0 to temporarily suspend the current format of the ‘Citizen’s Forum’ at County Board Meetings, consisting of an in-person, oral forum, and instead institute a written forum until further notice. This change is due to the increasing public health threat related to the COVID-19 virus, and the necessity of keeping and maintaining social distancing, balanced against the desire of the Board to provide an opportunity for the public to express ideas, issues or concerns in these extremely difficult and unprecedented times.

The Citizen's Forum is provided so individuals may make a comment, statement, question or proposal to the Chisago County Board of Commissioners. Comments, statements, questions or proposals shall be directed to the Board as a whole, and not to individual commissioners or the audience. Individuals are asked to conduct themselves in a profession, courteous manner, and refrain from the use of profanity. Failure to abide by this policy may results in the loss of your privilege to speak.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and Governor Walz Executive Orders, the Chisago County Board of Commissioners have changed the way Citizen's Forum takes place at the Chisago County Board of Commissioner's meetings. Citizens may participate in the Board meetings in one of two ways: 

  1. All citizens are welcome to submit a ‘Citizen Forum’ comment, statement, question or proposal using our Citizen Forum Online Form, send thru the U.S. Post Office, or email to the County Administrator. Letters will be accepted up until two (2) hours before the Board meeting time. Commissioners may choose to the letter before the Board and the public for up to three (3) minutes. The letters will not become a part of the formal record, as is consistent with County precedent. Send your comment, statement, question or proposal to County Administrator Chase Burnham using our Citizen Forum Online Form, send thru the U.S. Post Office, or Email Chase Burnham.
  2. Due to the Board's desire to follow the CDC and MDH guidelines, strict social distancing is maintained in the Boardroom and County Government Center at all times. Due to social distancing requirements, the Board will limit the number of individuals in the County Boardroom to no more than 10. However, individuals wishing to participate in Citizen's Forum in-person may sign up via a sign-in sheet, and they will be asked to speak at the microphone for up to three (3) minutes during the Citizen's Forum portion of the meeting. The microphone is positioned in the doorway of the County Boardroom so the Board may see and hear the presenter while maintaining social distancing.

Chase Burnham, County Administrator
313 N. Main St, Suite 170
Center City, MN  55012