Open wind committee meetings to public
I hope the first order of business for the committee is to abolish the rules that prohibit public attendance or participation and free speech of committee members. I would point out that it was the public who brought these issues to the attention of the board and proved the case for changes on the merits.
In large part, problems with the law stem from lack of public involvement. Though procedure was followed, the lack of public education or transparency to the greater weight given to developers' needs leaves the law fatally flawed.
December 26, 2008
by Ken Knapp
in Watertown Daily Times
As someone who's attended most of Clayton's town board meetings for a couple of years, I'd like to comment on public participation rules and the wind committee.
I agree there's need for a public meeting format that facilitates normal town business, while giving the public opportunities to speak on agenda items and/or anything else. After reading the written rules and some conversations, I see nothing that prohibits me from speaking to the board on any issue, alleviating my initial reservations. The time limits are short but seem flexible. Thus, the rules appear fair enough, and the format might benefit public... [continue via Web link]