· There will be one public
comment period during each regularly scheduled Board meeting. The public comment period shall be at the
beginning of the meeting directly following the pledge of allegiance. Except for the case of public hearings or
special public information meetings, the public comment portion of the meeting
is the only time when comments will be permitted by the public.
· The public comment
period is designed for comments only. The
Town Supervisor, in his discretion, may direct questions to the appropriate
person to respond.
· Each speaker must sign
up to participate in the public comment period prior to the start of the meeting. By doing so, each speaker agrees to abide by
· Each speaker during the
public comment period is limited to speak one time for a period not to exceed five
minutes. The time limit shall be
enforced by the Town Supervisor (or his designee). Any request for extension of this time limit
must be made to the Town Supervisor who has the discretion to extend the time
to speak. The Town Supervisor shall have
discretion to shorten the time limit, provided that the shortened time limit is
applied equally to all speakers.
· Comments by speakers
must be addressed to the Town Supervisor. Attendees may not address the Town Board until
recognized by the Town Supervisor.
· Any audio/visual or
similar equipment to be used to support public comments must be approved by the
Town Supervisor in advance of the meeting.
· Discussion between
speakers and attendees of the public meeting or hearing is strictly prohibited.
· Comments must be related
to legitimate Town business.
· Speakers must present their
remarks in a courteous manner and may not make personal comments about public
officials, town residents or others.
· Placards, banners, or
other signs are not permitted in meeting rooms, nor the distribution of flyers.
· A person who disregards
the directives of the Town Supervisor in enforcing the rules, disturbs the
peace at the meeting, makes slanderous remarks or generally conducts himself in
a boisterous or inappropriate manner while addressing the Town Board, may be
barred from further participation and may forfeit any balance of time remaining
for his or her comments.
· If after a final
warning, the speaker refuses to step down, the Town Supervisor will request
that a Police Officer remove the individual from the meeting room. Such individual may be prosecuted for
disorderly conduct pursuant to §240.20 of the Penal Law.
· All cell phones and pagers
must be turned off or silenced.
· Minutes will be revised
at the discretion of the Town Clerk. If
at all possible, comments regarding the minutes should be submitted to the Town
Clerk before the Board meeting.
· While an agenda is not
required, the Town Board will endeavor to have an agenda prepared before each
regularly scheduled meeting. The agenda will
be prepared by the Town Clerk in consultation with the Town Supervisor. Items for the agenda shall be given to the
Town Clerk by the Thursday directly prior to the next regularly scheduled Town
Town Board Members
· A member shall not be
interrupted when speaking unless by the Town Supervisor to call the member to
order. If a member, while speaking, is
called to order, such member shall cease speaking until the question of order
is determined, and if in order, such member shall be permitted to proceed.
· There is no limit on the
number of times a member may speak on a question.
· A member may, with
permission of the Town Supervisor, interrupt a speaker during their remarks,
but only for the purpose of clarification and information.
· All members shall
observe the commonly accepted rules of courtesy, decorum, dignity and good