Council held a work session prior to Tuesday’s meeting to discuss its meeting rules concerning citizen comments, especially and how it could accommodate large groups who want to make the same point to continue hearing citizen concerns.
During the work session, Councilwoman Monica Nenni said council needs to enforce its rules and instead of allowing multiple speakers on one issue, ask that large groups on the same issue select one person to make their presentation with up to 10 minutes to speak.
Councilman Talbott Moon suggested that only Middletown residents, property owners or who have business interests in the city be permitted to make citizen comments.
Several council members suggested expanding the total time for citizens comments from 30 minutes to 60 minutes eliminating the yielding of time to extend comments. This was in addition to large groups having one speaker for up to 10 minutes.
Mayor Nicole Condrey said it was her preference “to hear from everyone.”
The council will have to vote to amend the Administrative Code for these changes.