Policy for Public Comments at In Person Meetings

A period for public comment will be provided at every meeting. The purpose of public comment is to provide non-County Board members that reside in the County an opportunity to comment on matters which the County Board has authority. 

The use of signs is prohibited. Applause or heckling in response to a speaker’s remarks and other conduct that disrupts the meeting or is disrespectful of others is prohibited. 

The time allocated for public comment shall not exceed 3 minutes per speaker and 12 minutes per issue. 

Public comment is not permitted on personnel matters, matters that have previously been the subject of a public hearing or are the subject of quasi-judicial hearings. Candidates for office may not use public comment for campaign purposes but may introduce themselves and state what office they are seeking. 

Public Commenters: attending the meeting in person:

  • Must complete a card stating their name, address and the matter on which they wish to speak.
  • May not yield their time to others.
  • May not speak until they have been recognized by the Chairperson.
  • Must verbally state their name and address.
  • Must make all remarks to the Chairperson.
  • May speak or read something but may not play video or audio recordings.

The Chairperson may limit comment that is redundant and will not tolerate:

  • Profanity
  • Hate speech - Promoting, fostering or perpetuating discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, age, religion, gender, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, national origin, physical or mental disability or sexual orientation
  • Sexual content or links to sexual content
  • Solicitations of commerce
  • Conducting or encouraging illegal activity
  • Possibly compromising safety or security of public or private entities