You should know how to act
at government meetings. Meaning
mostly city and county type.
One's that have Public Hearings.
So here are the rules... they
have been borrowed from the city
Rules of conduct for Public
1. All comments and questions are
to be directed through the
presiding officer. (mayor or such)
2. All testimony must address the merits
of the application or proposal, based
upon the compliance or lack of
compliance with the comprehensive
plan and applicable ordinances
3.Only those given the floor will be
allowed to speak at a given time.
4. Members of the audience are asked
to be quiet while others are speaking.
5. Cell phones and pagers must be
turned off or in silent mode and are not
to be answered in the hearing room.
6. All speakers must clearly identify
themselves and give their address for
7. The council reserves the right to
set a time limit for testimony and/or
to prohibit repetitive testimony.
Procedures for the Public Hearing process:
1. Opening of the hearing by the officer
(mayor or such)
2. Determination if proper notice was posted.
3. Declaration of conflict by any members, if
4. Presentation by applicant
5. Staff reports
and this is where you come in
6. Public Testimony in favor of
7. Public Testimony in neither favor
nor opted to
8. Public Testimony opposed to
9. Rebuttal by the applicant
10. closure of the hearing by officer
11. Deliberation and decision.
Now what is important to you, is...
when there is a public hearing on
any application or procedure... and
you have an opinion.... you need to
sign up a sheet that is available at
Again... I say, and they do repeat it
thru the meeting... and ask again,
as they pick up the sign up sheet
to speak... "Has everyone sign up,
who want to speak?" Sign up if you
have an opinion. Sign up even if you
don't know if you have an opinion yet.
You can always say, when your name is
called, that they answered any questions
Then after number 11 of the Procedure,
if you did not vocalize your thoughts...don't
be mad, because they voted the other way.
Don't sit there and be angry, and then
get up verbalizing loudly, as you leave
because things didn't go your way.
If you see it posted that there is going to
be a meeting about something.. a Public
Meeting.. then be there. Don't think your
neighbors are going to do it all for you.
You ALL have to be there. Your councilman
can't not do it all by himself. You have
to support him, so he can support you.
Speak calmly, speak respectfully,
speak with how you feel, but keep
it short. The longer you go, the more
tuned out the people become.
Sign up and speak up. Or like the
old saying says... or forever hold
Will it change things?? Maybe.
But at least you told them how
you feel.... and if they don't listen?
Then you know what to do next
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