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Greensboro Mayor Robbie Perkins Wants Council Discuss Public Comments During Meetings

6:57 PM, Apr 26, 2013   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC-- Robbie Perkins took the office of Greensboro Mayor in 2011. Before becoming Mayor he served on Greensboro's City Council for years.

No matter who sits in what seat at the council meetings, there's one consist issue, the public comment period on the agenda. It is one of those necessary items.

If you've ever seen or heard any of the speakers during the public comment session you know things can get heated and sometimes painful to listen to or watch. During the past meeting, on Tuesday, April 23, the Mayor raised the question about  limiting the number of times per month a person can speak to Council.

That question has opened the door to a larger discussion on the problem.

In a statement released Friday, Mayor Perkins said he moved the comment period back to the beginning of the meetings and plans to leave it that way as long as he is Mayor. However, Perkins said "the acrimony and repetitiveness displayed by some of the speakers has been a growing concern of mine. Moving forward, any proposed changes will be fully discussed and voted on by the entire City Council in a effort to hear the concerns of residents that need our assistance."

The next full Greensboro City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 7, 2013.

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