Public Comment Rules of Order
Section 3(5) of the Open Meetings Act (MCL 15.263(3)(5)) states that:
“A person shall be permitted to address a meeting of a public body under rules established and recorded by the public body.”
Public comment time is an opportunity for citizens to voice their opinions to the governing board. Citizens shall use respect and decorum when addressing the board. Public comment time is not a question and answer period. Citizens should not anticipate receiving back and forth communication from the board or staff members.
- Citizens wishing to speak shall await their turn until acknowledgement from the presiding officer.
- Citizens must state their name and address in order to have their comments recognized for the record.
- Each citizen is limited to one (1) opportunity to comment to the Commission/Council without regard to time utilized during the opportunity to speak.
- Citizen comments will be timed and limited to 4 minutes. When the time has expired, citizens will be interrupted and no further comments received.
- Citizens must clearly state their name and address before beginning with comments.