[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Willistown as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Article I General Provisions
Article II Bids at Certain Meetings
[Adopted 11-23-1993 by Res. No. 26-1993]
All regular and special meetings of the Township of Willistown shall be conducted according to the following order of business:
Public comment at regular or special meetings shall be governed by the following rules and regulations:
A period of public comment for residents and/or taxpayers of the township to comment on matters of concern, official action or deliberations which are or may be before the Board shall be held at each meeting.
The Chairman of the Board of Supervisors shall preside over the public comment period and may, within his discretion:
Recognize individuals wishing to offer comment.
Require identification of each person.
Allocate available time among individuals wishing to comment.
Rule out of order scandalous, impertinent and redundant comment or any comment the discernible purpose of which is to disrupt or prevent the conduct of the business of the meeting.
The time allocated for the public comment period at each meeting shall be 10 minutes.
In the event that there is insufficient time for public comment at a meeting, the Board of Supervisors, at its discretion, may defer the public comment period to a meeting held in advance of the next regular or special meeting or until the next regular or special meeting.
The following rules are applicable to recording by persons other than members of the Board of Supervisors and its employees. Audio and audio/video recording equipment may be used by persons entitled to make public comment, subject to full and complete compliance with the following:
Written notice of an intent to employ such equipment and a description of the equipment to be used must be received by the Board of Supervisors not less than one week prior to the meeting at which the equipment is to be used.
Only portable, self-contained equipment (i.e., not requiring interconnection with building's power supply) may be used.
No lights may be employed and no participant at the meeting may be required to accommodate the equipment as, for example, being required to operate or direct comments to a particular microphone employed by the operator.
The equipment must be operated at all times so as to cause no interference with the proceedings or with the audience and its observance of or participation in the proceedings.
The operator must make a general announcement at the point when recording starts and at any point when recording ceases for any reason and is recommenced for any reason.
On request, the operator shall, at the election of the Board of Supervisors, furnish a copy of the recorded audio or audio/video tape at a cost no greater than the retail price of such tape when blank, or the original of such tape for copying by the Board of Supervisors and return to the operator. When requested to supply a recorded tape or a copy thereof, the operator shall accompany the same with an affidavit that it constitutes the full record of the proceeding.
Any violation of these rules shall be grounds for expulsion from the meeting, confiscation of any recorded tape made in the context of such violation and denial, for a period of one year, of any further request under this policy.
[Adopted 8-8-1995 by Res. No. 16-1995]