Salisbury City Council Approves New Rules for Public Commentary by a 3 to 1 Vote

Posted on April 5, 2017



RFP Staff

♦ On Tuesday Salisbury City Council approved modified rules for Public Commentary by a 3 to 1 vote.  Councilman Kenny Hardin voted against the measure and Council persons Brian Miller, Mayor Karen Alexander, and David Post voted for it.  Blackwell was absent.

The New Rules for Public Commentary:

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Salisbury City Council establishes the following Rules of Procedure for Public Comment Sessions begins:

(1) Each speaker must sign-in during a Public Comment Session.  The sign-in sheet will be available until 6 p.m. when the sign-in period will close as the Public Comment Session begins.

(2) Each speaker will have a maximum of three minutes to speak.  As the presiding officer, the Mayor has the discretion to grant additional time in special circumstances.

(3) A speaker may yield his/her time to another speaker, provided the speaker has signed in for the Public Comment Session, but no more than two speakers may combine time, and the same speaker may speak only once per Public Comment Period.  In order to avoid repetitiveness, groups should elect a spokesperson to speak on their behalf.

(4) Any related documents, printed comments, or materials the speaker wishes to distribute to Council shell be provided to the City Clerk.

(5) Speakers will address Council from the speakers table using the microphone provided.

(6) Public comment is not intended to require the Council to answer impromptu questions.  The Council will not take action on an item presented during Public Comment to the City Manager for follow up.

(7) Speakers will discuss matters which are within the jurisdiction of the Salisbury City Council.

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