Town Council Meetings
The Mars Hill Town council meets the first Monday of the month at the Town Hall, 280 North Main Street. Meetings are scheduled at 7:00 pm. Persons wishing to be on the agenda should contact the Town Manager the week prior to council meetings.
The law requires that the Town Council hold public hearings to provide an opportunity for the public to give comments on specific issues such as zoning ordinance changes. Many grant applications for federal or state money also require public hearings. Public hearings are usually held at the beginning of regular council meetings and are advertised in county newspapers for two weeks prior to the hearing.
The council may schedule Work Sessions to discuss issues needing attention between regular council meetings. Generally, no official action is taken on matters until a regular council meeting. Work Sessions are open to the public and notices are posted 48 hours prior to such meetings at the town hall.
The NC General Statutes stipulate that town council shall provide at least one period for public comment per month at a regular meeting. The council can adopt reasonable rules governing the conduct of the public comment period such as the maximum time allocated to each speaker.