The Commission is interested in and will seek diverse points of view through both formal and informal means. The Public is welcome to approach Commission Members to discuss matters relating to the Charter at any time.
The Charter Commission can also accept written comments that identify the sender and which are sent to - the official email for the Charter Commission.
Any member of the Public is welcome to speak during the Public Statements item at the beginning of the Agenda at each Meeting. In addition, the Chair will ask any members of the Public that attend the Meetings if they wish to add any comments at the end of the Meeting.
Comments must be courteous. The Chair may limit the length of statements in order to keep the Meeting moving. The Members of the Commission may or may not choose to respond to members of the Public after they have made their comments during the Public Statements portion of the Meeting.
Individuals with an interest or expertise in a portion of the Charter that is on the Agenda for discussion may seek to be recognized to speak by the Chair when that topic arises so that they may participate in that discussion. In addition, the Commission may invite individuals with an interest or expertise in a portion of the Charter that is on the Agenda for discussion to attend and to participate in that discussion.
Once an Agenda item that is under discussion with Members of the Public in accordance with the above guidelines ends, the discussion shall be limited to Commission Members. Commission Members have the responsibility to make the final determination on what the actions and decisions of the Charter Commission will be.