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Five Minute Rule Could Be Adopted By City Council

February 23rd, 2012 by WCBC Radio

One of the first actions taken by the current board of Allegany County Commissioners upon taking office in December of 2010 was to double the time allowed for a constituent to address them during public meetings. A five minute rule had been in place, and the commissioners implemented what they call a “five and five” rule which now allows a person who needs additional time beyond their original five minutes- to speak again after all of the other citizens have commented. The city of Cumberland, at the request of Councilman Butch Hendershot is considering the same change. The council has been taken to task on more than a few occasions for cutting people off in mid presentation, not allowing the rest of the comments to be voiced. Mayor Brian Grim says he believes a change has merit…

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