Something about public comment at a town meeting just feels right. It’s an old New England tradition of sharing our community gripes or giving praise and it can be an invaluable part of our municipal government.
The Town Council’s Legislation and Administration Committee is considering a proposal by Town Council member Vicki Tesoro to add a public comment portion at the beginning of each council meeting. The proposal will later go back before the full council for a vote. Some council members were hesitant about the proposal, worried adding a public comment portion could lead to unwiedly and significantly longer meetings. If you’ve ever attended a council meeting, you know that meetings can be long, and full of important votes and discussions. Each elected volunteer deserves a lot of credit for giving their time. Those unsure about the proposal also felt that council members are always available to listen to their constituents and bring those concerns before the council.