Covington city council to put time limit on public comments
“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.