PA council tightens public comment rules

PORT ANGELES — People who show up at City Council meetings might not have to wait as long as they do now to have their say, under new guidelines unanimously adopted by the council.

The council has decided to move the 15-minute public comment session from its current 7 p.m. time slot, to just after the roll call and Pledge of Allegiance that begin the 6 p.m. meetings.

But if numerous people show up to comment on a particular topic, the council might ask city staff to research it, and defer comment until a future meeting.

The decision came after three public ceremonies, a work session on municipal risk management and two public hearings — advertised to begin at 7 p.m. — pushed Tuesday night’s public comment period to 8 p.m.

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