Time Wasted At City Council Meetings?

10:48 PM, May 3, 2012   |    comments
Greensboro City Council
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Greensboro, NC -- Last year, WFMY News 2 brought you a series of stories about Greensboro City Council in-fighting, wasting your time and money.

We've been keeping an eye on the meetings and noticed they're doing a much better job. But we've noticed there's still time being wasted, but it's not council members at fault.

The Greensboro City Council allows 30 minutes of public comment at each meeting. People can also comment on public hearing items. There are several people who speak multiple times, on multiple items, every week.

At Tuesday night's council meeting, Mayor Robbie Perkins expressed some of his frustration, when one of the common speakers, George Hartzman, spoke about the council's resolution on whether or not the council should hold a public hearing. Perkins said, "I don't think its fair to any of us, staff or the general public that one person can dominate an agenda for a long period of time repeatedly and it just doesn't serve the public purpose."

When News 2 caught up with Mayor Perkins Wednesday, we asked if the council plans to make changes to curb the re-occurring speakers. He said, "I don't want to see it abused because I don't want to see citizens that have a need to speak to the council shut down because one person is abusing the privilege, and that's where we are right now."

Mayor Perkins said he plans on proposing public comments be reduced to a two or three minute maximum rather than the current five minute time limit. He also said there will be a resolution by the May 15th meeting.

WFMY News 2

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