Ask the editor: How can residents speak up in meetings?


A portion of town and public school board meetings in Gilbert is allocated for residents to comment on issues that affect them.
State law restricts Town Council and board members from responding to speakers about items that are not on the agenda for that particular meeting.

If you wish to address the board or council, here’s how you do it:

1. Sign up before the meeting.

2. Have a written statement, if needed.

3. Be mindful of time. Comment periods usually are limited to three minutes per person.

4. Be respectful, as derogatory comments are not permitted.

5. Be aware the council or board may not be permitted to comment or answer any questions. However, public comments are included in meeting minutes.

While officials cannot answer directly, resident feedback can help shape future agendas.

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Tom Blodgett
Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent 30 years in journalism in Arizona and is the editor of the Gilbert edition of Community Impact Newspaper. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he now serves as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.
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