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Normal Changes Meeting Rules

Mon, 06 Jan 2014 12:39:27 CST
By: Charlie Schlenker

The Town of Normal is changing its rules to make it easier for the public to comment on important issues. Previous rules required citizens to notify the city clerk a week ahead of the meeting if they wanted to address the council, to specify the matter they wanted to talk about, and to limit comments to issues on the agenda. But, the Town Council meeting agenda and issue packet typically comes out only four days and only one full business day before the meeting. Some residents objected saying that makes it impossible to have input on issues directly before the council. The rules change would allow citizens to request time to speak with a deadline two hours before the meeting. Those wishing to speak still have to say why. The council will consider the changes at its meeting Tuesday night, postponed from Monday due to weather.

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