City council should clean up its own act

Recently, the city council agreed to limit the time allotted for public comment at council meetings.
The new rule allows for only 30 minutes, total, for the public to have their say at the beginning of the meetings. Before this, there was no time limit.
Critics, including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), are crying foul because it could disenfranchise members of the public from addressing their concerns.
Whatever you think of this new restriction, this limit is not unheard of in other communities.
While council wants to trim the length of their meetings, a good starting point might be in following their own rule on how long each councilmember can talk about an agenda item.
That rule limits them to a maximum of five minutes each.
Too bad that’s never enforced. The real culprit for lengthy council meetings is that councilmembers can’t stop yammering on and on about this or that resolution.
It would help if councilmembers actually did research on agenda items and made inquiries before the meeting, instead of wasting the public’s time, and the time of the administration.
To each councilmember, we say, police yourself before going about policing others.
Posted Sept. 15, 2023

2 Responses to City council should clean up its own act

  1. Shari Bloomquist

    September 16, 2023 at 1:09 pm

    This is outrageous abridgment of the public’s right to speak at meetings.

    I hope the ACLU does something to enforce the citizens’ right to redress of their grievances.

  2. Ron Ledford

    October 13, 2023 at 8:37 pm

    They don’t want to hear from the citizens of Hamtramck. Neither the mayor or City Manager even have a business phone to hear from the citizens. VOTE THEM OUT!!!

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