One of the most important parts of my job here at Community Impact Newspaper is attending public meetings throughout the month to make sure our paper includes the most up-to-date news.
Arguably one of the most interesting parts of any meeting is the public comment portion. During this time, residents have the chance to speak up about issues and concerns in their neighborhoods.
However, there are a few rules for most meetings:
Sign up before the meeting;
Have a written statement, if needed;
Be mindful of time—most comment periods are limited to 2-3 minutes per person;
Be aware that the council or board may not be permitted to comment or answer any questions; and
While officials cannot answer directly, resident feedback helps shape future agendas.