Cov­ing­ton city coun­cil to put time limit on pub­lic com­ments

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“This came up, and it hap­pened again tonight, where our meet­ing gets de­railed by very lengthy com­ments. So, we said the last time we came to­gether as a body that we would try to come to a con­sen­sus about what our pol­icy would be,” Mayor Kim Carter said.

Util­ity rate de­bates dom­i­nated early por­tions of both the March 1 and March 15 city coun­cil meet­ings, and in both cases Carter told the crowd that the pub­lic com­ments sec­tion had to end, so the coun­cil could con­duct the busi­ness por­tion of its agenda. The dis­cus­sion on March 1 lasted about 45 min­utes, and the March 15 com­ments sec­tion lasted longer.

How­ever, in both cases, when Carter cut the pub­lic com­ments sec­tion short, res­i­dents in the au­di­ence mur­mured words of dis­sent. “She’s push­ing us away,” a woman said on March 1.

Res­i­dents again ex­pressed some dis­sent Mon­day, es­pe­cially when the coun­cil was con­sid­er­ing mak­ing the limit three min­utes per per­son and six min­utes per group.

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