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Greensboro Borough Council Meeting Policy

Greensboro Borough Council Meeting is a public meeting and will be run according to Parliamentary Authority under Robert's Rules of Order, 10th Edition, except as otherwise required by the borough Charter.  Nevertheless, Council may conduct the meetings without strictly complying with every requirement of Robert's Rules.  In all cases, the Chairman's ruling on questions of procedure shall be final unless overruled by a vote of Council in accordance with Robert's Rules.

Public comment will be heard on agenda items only, before and after the business of the meeting is conducted.  Public comment will be taken from residents and taxpayers of Greensboro Borough only.  No public comment will be entertained during the course of the agenda items unless specifically requested by the Chairman.

If Borough residents want to address the Council on items not on the agenda they must first file a request at the Borough Office before the Agenda Meeting.

No member of the public shall make comment for more than two (2) minutes.  No member of the public shall be allowed to delegate his/her time to any other members.  Any public member's time not used for comment shall be deemed waived.

All such public comment shall be limited to matters of public concern, official action or deliberations that are, or may come, before Borough Council.

Presenting comment in the form of questions shall be avoided since the purpose of the Public Comment Period is to receive comment, not to engage in question and answer sessions, or to engage in public debate or argument with either members of Borough Council, Borough Staff or others members of the public attending the meeting. No such questions shall be answered without permission of the presiding officer.

Comment that makes personal attack on anyone shall not be allowed.

The presiding officer of the meeting shall have full charge and control of the Public Comment Period and enforcement of the provisions of this policy.

The Council, while desiring to hear all comments and opinions, will not tolerate disruptive behavior, personal attacks, or unruly behavior.  The Council will also consider abusive language to be disruptive behavior and the offending individual will be asked to leave.

If a recording device is being used by any residents, he/she must make the public aware of the taping of the meeting.

Those present at public meetings must conduct themselves at all times with dignity and respect for others' opinions.  No person shall interrupt another who is speaking.