Public has shorter time to speak their mind

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WILDWOOD — If members of the public have something to say at the Wildwood Commission meeting, they’ll only have five minutes in which to say it.

Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution during the Wednesday, Oct. 26 meeting that speakers’ remarks will be limited to five minutes, with each speaker being given the opportunity to address the board once during a meeting.

The board had allowed members of the public to speak for 10 minutes.

The resolution will apply to the public hearing portion after an ordinance’s second reading and the public comment after each meeting.

City Administrator Chris Wood told the commission that the new policy on speaking should be uniform.

“Once you decide on the time limit, you should stick to it,” he said.

Mayor Ernie Troiano Jr. joked that he is often guilty of talking too much and supported the new time limit.

“We’re always here after the meeting. Our door is always open,” Troiano said.

Troiano said the five minutes time limit was not mean to restrict the public from voicing their opinions.

“This is no means a measure to stop people from speaking,” he said.

“I think all of us are pretty accessible,” said Commissioner Pete Byron. “Most people have our cell phone numbers. There are plenty of opportunities for people to get in touch with us.”

“Five minutes is plenty of time,” agreed Commissioner Tony Leonetti.

No members of the public spoke out against the revised time limit at the Oct. 26 meeting. The five minute rule will begin at the next commissioner’s meeting, Nov. 9.

 

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