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Some Council Members Want to Move the Open Mike Period to End of Agenda, Shorten Time
Council chairman Mark Bates told HNN Wednesday night, August 21, “I support moving it to the end of the meeting and shortening the time to three minutes”. He explained that “waivers of the rules can be used to give a speaker extra time if necessary.”
However, councilwoman Frances Jackson tentatively disagrees.
“I know it has something to do with people talking so long”, she told HNN via phone. She agreed that with the segment at the front of the council meeting the speakers have “a bigger audience” and “unless they are really passionate” might not stick around one or two hours until the meeting ends.
Ms. Jackson added, why should citizens “have to wait, let them air their grievances and go home.”
Councilwoman Jackson wants to study the matter, stressing, “I’ll still vote the way I feel.”
At large councilwoman Rebecca Thacker said, “I do not agree” with the proposed change.
Bates believes the citizen’s rights have to be balanced by those who are waiting to do business and appear before council.
“I believe that the business of the people comes first”, Bates said, recalling, “occasionally in the last 3 ½ years our meetings have been hijacked by senseless triads.”
Sponsor David Ball said, “We feel an obligation to those who come to do business with the city such as Joe Murphy who had to wait until the end of the meeting. This guy and his company are really doing the city a real favor with their donations and expertise”, Ball said, referring to Trifecta Productions donating an upgrade for telecasting of meeting in council chambers.
Ball indicated that in 2011 council “amended” its rules to “move Good and Welfare from the position Robert’s Rules of Order assigns it.”
The proposal comes after a council meeting in which a stream of particularly passionate Good and Welfare speakers challenged decisions and day to day activities, prompting at least one comment that the segment could be a "reality show" in itself.
Former city councilman Tom McCallister was not available for comment Wednesday evening.
The first reading of the ordinance will be at the Monday night council meeting. Public comment will not be taken at that time.