North Shore Public Library
Public Participation at Board Meetings Policy
One period for public expression is provided at each regular meeting of the Board. During this period the Board President will ask for brief comments from the public and will set a time limit on such comments. Individual presentations shall be limited to no more than three (3) minutes.
The public shall be recognized immediately after the “Review of Bills” on the agenda. Persons wishing to speak will identify themselves and organizations they may be representing at the meeting and, where applicable, the agenda topic they wish to discuss. Comments should be kept as brief as possible and relate to public library matters. Members of the Board of Trustees are not obligated to respond to questions or comments from the public.
The Board President is responsible for the orderly conduct of the meeting and shall rule on such matters as: the time allowed for public expression; the appropriateness of the subject being presented; and the “timeliness” of such presentation.
Undue interruption or other interference with the orderly conduct of Board business can not be allowed. Defamatory or abusive remarks are always out of order. The presiding officer may terminate the speaker’s privilege of address if, after being called to order, he or she persists in improper conduct or remarks.