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Mokena 159 Changes Public Comment Rules

New rules would call for comments before each vote.

People wanting to speak at board meetings will have more chances.

During , the board voted 4-2 in favor of policy changes that will affect how the public speaks at meetings.

Under the new rule, the board will ask the audience if they have any comments on each and every action item that comes before the board. Currently, residents wishing to speak during the meetings have to sign up before the meeting starts.

Board President John Troy said he does not expect this to slow down meetings, as only a few of the votes will draw any comment.

"Ninety percent of them, it won't matter. The 10 percent it does matter, people will appreciate it," Troy said.

Board member Kathy Moore voted against the change.

"I think that when we're talking about personnel issues, maybe that's something we don't want people commenting on," Moore said.

However, Troy said he would not want to start distinguishing between which topics

"I think it's a slippery slope, Troy said.

The final vote was 4-2, with board members Troy, Mike Ford, Pat Markham and Joseph Spalla voting for the policy change. Moore and Scott Peters voted against. .

Bill Zoetvelt September 22, 2011 at 11:26 AM
I think its a step in the right direction! I Am kind of dissappointed in Moore and Peters, There have been multiple times I've wanted to speak durring a board meeting and was unable to. Thanks for the opportunity to Troy, Markham, Ford and Spalla
Mike September 23, 2011 at 06:56 PM
The Mokena SB is on the right direction in most everything they have done since the election. However, they need to remember it's the Board's meeting held in the public, not the public's Board meeting. The Board was elected to make decisions. I think too much public comment and all their committees will backfire on them and cause a lot of controversy that is really unnecessary. I have a lot of respect for this Board and a lot of confidence in them, but they seem tentative about decision making. The Board represents the community. You were elected to make the hard decisions, make them.

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