Council President Marco Sommerville is cutting Council's summer recess short by calling a special meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 5 p.m. to discuss Council's long-standing public speaking policies. The special meeting is necessitated by the Sept. 9 deadline for placing potential charter changes on the ballot. Current rules allow citizens to address Council only on specific legislation during public hearings. Citizens also may make a written request to speak to Council in advance of a meeting, and there is an open speaking period 30 minutes before the start of each Council meeting. The special meeting on Wednesday will take place in Council Chambers.