Watertown City Council sets time limit for public discussion portion of meetings (Audio)

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February 16, 2021
Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D.–The Watertown City Council passed a policy at their Tuesday night meeting that lays out the ground rules for the public comment period that is set aside at each council meeting.

That policy sets a time limit of five minutes for each member of the public to speak.

Councilman Bruce Buhler made a motion to shorten it to just three minutes.

Councilman Ried Holien believes five minutes is better…

Buhler’s motion for a three minute time limit failed on a 7-1 vote.

The policy calls for the overall public comment period not to exceed 30 minutes, although for good cause, the mayor can extend the time for individual speakers or the maximum time for public comment.