To allow citizens to talk more freely about issues that concern them, the Spring Lake Park City Council considered replacing its “discussion from the floor” with an non-televised comment period prior to the meeting.
Citizens have said they would be more likely to discuss issues if the segment was not televised, said Assistant City Administrator Dan Buchholtz at the May 6 meeting.
Councilmember Larry Raymond agreed to a point. “There will be things residents will want discuss on television,” he said.
Raymond suggested keeping the original citizen comment period and adding a 15-minute segment before the televised meeting.
Councilmembers Bob Nelson and Jeanne Mason agreed.“I like the idea,” Mason said.
During his walks around his neighborhood with the dog, Nelson said residents have indicated to him they want to keep the televised open discussion.
The council unanimously approved adding an non-televised citizen comment period prior to the council meetings.
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