Falmouth Selectmen Approve New Public Comment Policy

FALMOUTH – Falmouth Selectmen have approved a new public comment policy for their meetings.

The policy allows for a public comment period of up to 10 minutes, with individual speakers allowed up to two minutes each.

“It’s important to have these kind of guidelines because people go off, somebody comes on, these things haven’t come up for topic, maybe one chair uses a little bit different interpretation of it so I think it’s really important that we establish these policies,” said Selectman Sam Patterson.

Speakers may discuss town employees, but comments regarding personnel are subject to discussion in executive session.

They can also address the board on any subject without the jurisdiction of the board.

“I think it’s a nice resource for a chair to look at and I think it’s a nice resource for the community to be able to take a look at it,” said Selectman Megan English-Braga.

Any obscenities, violent threats or statements that provoke violence are prohibited.

The policy is also subject to change and is at the discretion of the board.

By JUSTIN SAUNDERS, CapeCod.com Newscenter

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