|AGENDAS – BOROUGH COUNCIL MEETINGS 2013|
|January 16, 2013
PUBLIC PARTICIPATION GUIDELINES
Public Participation Guidelines FOR BOROUGH COUNCIL MEETINGS
adopted January 3, 2012
1- There shall be a public comment period of one-half (½) hour total at each public session of the Borough Council.
2- The public comment session shall be held at the beginning of the meeting.
3- This public comment period is not a question and answer session. All comment must be directed to the presiding officer. Board members shall not be questioned individually.
4- The public comment period is provided to permit comment on matters of concern, official action or deliberation, which are or may be before the Council.
5- Citizens are discouraged from bringing problems to Council without first contacting the Borough Manager or his designee. Often problems can be resolved at the administrative level without the intervention of Borough Council.
6- Personnel issues concerning Borough employees will not be discussed. The appropriate forum to address any such issues would be to contact the Borough Office.
7- Each person is permitted three (3) minutes to offer comment on matters of concern, official action or deliberation that are or may be before the Council.
8- No person may comment more than once on a given subject unless everyone in attendance has had his or her opportunity to comment.
9- Concurrent discussion by and between Council members and/or commenters during the meeting is not permitted.
10- Anyone wishing to place an item on the agenda should contact the Borough Office no later than ONE WEEK prior to the meeting. Your name, address and topic will be required. Borough Council may waive the requirement of prior notice to the Borough Manager when, in the opinion of the majority of Council, the presentation is in the interest of the health, safety and welfare of the Borough. In the event the subject matter is new to Borough Council if the President deems that Council is not prepared to discuss the subject, he/she can table the issue until further study.
11- Any written material(s) for Council’s review should be delivered to Borough Hall no later than ONE WEEK before the scheduled meeting.
ALL INFORMATION GIVEN TO BOROUGH COUNCIL OR MAYOR IN PREPARATION FOR AN UPCOMING MEETING IS CONFIDENTIAL UNTIL THE TOPIC IS DISCUSSED. NO CITIZEN OR GROUP OF CITIZENS SHOULD BE IN POSSESSION OF PRIVILEGED NOTES, COMMENTS AND/OR PAPERS THAT ARE FOR THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL ONLY!