[HISTORY: Adopted by the Collier Township Municipal Authority as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Article I Public Participation in Meetings
It is the policy of the Collier Township Municipal Authority ("Authority") to strongly encourage public participation, inasmuch as it provides the Board with an important source of ideas, as well as informs the Board of many concerns in its service area. The Board does reserve the right, however, to limit the amount of time allotted for public discussion of any particular speaker(s) and/or issue(s), in the interest of preserving an orderly and effective public meeting. Some concerns can be immediately and quickly addressed following a speaker's comments, while others may require more research and discussion. When appropriate, members of the public are welcome to further discuss their concerns with Board members following the public meeting.
In order to permit fair and orderly expression of such comments, the Board will provide a period for public participation at every public meeting of the Board and has formulated these rules and procedures to govern such public participation in Board meetings.
At each public Board meeting, the Chairman will follow the rules of the Board for conduct of public meetings in accordance with this policy. This public participation policy shall be posted on the Authority website and may be amended from time to time.
The Chairman shall be guided by the following rules:
The Board requires that public participants be residents or ratepayers of the Authority's service area.
Residents and ratepayers requesting to address the Board must register their intentions on the meeting sign-in sheet.
Participants must be recognized by the presiding officer and must preface their comments by an announcement of their name, address and group affiliation, if any.
The Chairman may interrupt or terminate a participant's statement when the statement is too lengthy, personally directed, abusive, obscene, or irrelevant; and may request the assistance of law enforcement officers in the removal of a disorderly person when that person's conduct interferes with the orderly progress of the meeting; and waive these rules with the approval of the Board.
Paper copies of the meeting agenda shall be distributed to the public at all public meetings and are posted on the website.
During the public comments section of the public meeting, participants may address agenda items and/or other issues. The Chairman, in his or her discretion, may limit comments on non-agenda items to the conclusion of the meeting.