Meadville Tribune

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April 19, 2013

Some public protest over commissioners' comment policy changes

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MEADVILLE —

Proposed guidelines

The Crawford County Board of Commissioners holds public work sessions each Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at the courthouse and formal public board meetings the first and third Thursday of each month at 9:30 a.m. The twice-monthly public board meetings are when the board takes official action on items such as paying bills, contracts and other items.

Below is a partial list of public participation guidelines proposed by the board. A full copy of the guidelines is available at meadvilletribune.com.

Work sessions

- Commissioners request comments be made with a recognition of time constraints on county staff as well as a courtesy to others in the audience that may wish to comment. The chairman will allocate sufficient time for public comment but reserves the right to limit comment that exceeds a reasonable time, isn’t germane to business at hand or cannot be reasonably accommodated at a work session.

- If commissioners determine there isn’t sufficient time for public comments, the comment period will be deferred to the next work session or a special meeting prior to the next regularly scheduled business meeting.

Regular meetings

- People wishing to speak to the board need to contact the chief clerk in advance of the meeting.

- Each person will be limited to 10 minutes, but that time limit may be waived by the chairman.

- No person may speak more than once on the same topic during the meeting.

- Public participation will be limited to 30 minutes total.

- Commissioners retain the right to refuse permission to any individual to speak at a regular meeting to address the same subject matter discussed at a previous meeting.

- Comments must be addressed to the chairman of the board.

- The chairman may interrupt or terminate a statement if it is too lengthy, personally directed, abusive, threatening, derogatory, obscene or irrelevant.

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