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Regular meeting : board adopts a resolution outlining its schedule and makes it public. Agenda must be available if the public specifically requests.
Special meeting : board may meet at other times by posting the agenda in three places, one at the Town Clerk’s office, and sending it to each board member 24 hours before the meeting begins. Notice must be given to any media that have requested it.
Emergency meeting : board responds to “condition requiring immediate attention”; rarely used
“ Public comment period is not a free-for-all. The chair of the board is allowed by law to establish reasonable rules to ensure civility and avoid delay, and reasonable limitations on the amount of time for each speaker are not unusual or improper. “
Comment at the beginning of the meeting
Comment at the end of the meeting
Comment whenever anyone present has something to add; how does this work?
How can the board position table, chairs, and the room for effective audience attention?
Are there effective meeting practices that can be used during the meeting and public comment period?
Consider time limits if many people wish to speak; interruption if the chair or a member needs a break; using the chair’s power to rule someone out of order, member’s right to ask about a “point of order”
“ Boards should close their meetings rarely, and then only for legitimate purposes. If the subject is already well known to the community, even if the board is able to find a category to cite, there is no justification for entering executive session.”