© 2024 WEMU
Serving Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County, MI
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Expanded public comments segment debuts at tonight's Ann Arbor City Council meeting

Ann Arbor City Hall
Heritage Media
Ann Arbor City Hall

The Ann Arbor City Council meetingwill have a different format tonight. Public comments are being extended.

The public comments are being expanded to a 45-minute segment near the beginning of the meeting. At three minutes per speaker, this gives a minimum of 15 people a chance to address the council. This is up from 10 under the previous rules.

Jen Eyer is the councilwoman representing the Fourth Ward.

“So, we’re taking that public commentary at the end, which was only for general issues of concern, and we’re bringing that up to the beginning, so that people don’t have to wait until the end of the meeting in order to make that comment.”

Another change is that residents have until 5 p.m. the day of the meeting to sign up. Eyer says this is an improvement on the current rules that said the first 10 people to call the clerk’s office at 8 a.m. got to speak.

People who are addressing items on that evening’s agenda and who have not spoken at recent meetings are given priority. All comments outside of the initial 15 spots are reserved for the end of the meeting.

Non-commercial, fact based reporting is made possible by your financial support.  Make your donation to WEMU todayto keep your community NPR station thriving.

Like 89.1 WEMU on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Contact WEMU News at734.487.3363 or email us at studio@wemu.org

Josh Hakala is the general assignment reporter for the WEMU news department.
Related Content