Meadville Tribune

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March 4, 2013

County to public: Comment on comments

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MEADVILLE — Keith Gushard can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at kgushard@meadvilletribune.com.

Partial list of 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 the proposed public participation guidelines proposed by the board. A full copy of the guidelines is available at meadvilletribune.com by doing an article search for “commissioner public comment.”

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 board three days in advance of the meeting.

-Each person will be limited to five minutes, but the time 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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