Daily Archives: January 6, 2010

Mayor Fisona Announces Enforcement of Tighter Rules for Citizen Participation

Blogging Live from the Elkton Town Meeting —–

Elkton Town Hall – Jan. 5:  Things took a surprise twist at the start of the board meeting as Mayor Fisona announced that stricter rules for citizen participation are going to be enforced.  “Since the last meeting went off course” all citizens are going to be required to sign up prior to the session and they may talk for 3 to 5 minutes, he advised.

Commissioner Givens asked what the statement was all about.  “So we can have a little bit more orderly public comment period,” was the reply.  The discussion continued with the commissioner wondering what would happen if someone came in late or heard a remark during the session that caused them to want to comment.  They won’t be able to speak was the answer. Some of the commissioners seemed puzzled and the subject created a soft buzz in the audience.

We’ll follow this headline post up with a full news article and an editorial.

Links of Interest on This Subject

Editorial:  To Help Citizens Participate in Local Government, Publish Workshop Agendas

The Challenge of Staying Informed About Public Business in Elkton

Elkton Town Council in Session – Jan. 6

Blogging Live from the Elkton Town Meeting 

Elkton Town Hall — Jan 5:  It’s Wednesday evening and the town council is in session. We’re covering it live and if something important happens we’ll get a quick news brief up since we’re the only media in the room. If the subject warrants a detailed story will follow.

The agenda, a light one this evening, doesn’t seem to involve any significant public decisions, but when the town board is in session you never know what will happen.  If something important breaks out, we’ll blog it live.