(One) Public Comment Portion Increased To 7 Minutes
By Saul Qersdyn
Published: January 25, 2017 @ 6:00 AM EDT
Upon the request of Roselle Park resident Dave Robertson, the governing body has agreed to increase the time limit of the first public comment portion of municipal meetings to seven (7) minutes.
Currently, the first public portion of meetings – which is restricted only to discussing agenda-related items – has a five-minute time limit. Last year, a new agenda format was put into place and had two public comment portions; one at the beginning of the meeting for agenda-related items and the other at the end of the meeting where the public could comment on any topic. Each was limited to five minutes.
Previous to that there was only one public portion that was scheduled, basically, in the middle of a meeting and had a seven-minute time limit.
The added time is only for the first public comment portion. The second public portion will still be restricted to five minutes.
At the January 19th meeting, Borough Attorney Richard Huxford suggested to the governing body that they vote on the resolution to increase the time of the first public comment portion at the start of the February 2nd meeting so that it takes effect that meeting.
The next Mayor & Council meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 2nd, at 7 p.m. in council chambers of the Roselle Park Municipal Complex located at 110 East Westfield Avenue.