Milford council approves new advisory board, public commentary policy

MILFORD — The Milford City Council approved new council rules and procedures during it Monday, Feb. 12 meeting which will allow for more public commentary during meetings.

“This does add public comment during the regular meeting to items that are ordinances and resolutions,” City Manager Eric Norenberg said. “Based on these procedures here, we’ll develop a process.”

He added that city council agenda items available for public comments “. . .will be flagged on the agenda so the public knows they can speak to that item.”

According to the public comment procedures passed by council, those wishing to comment during council meetings must first “complete a colored Public Comment card provided at the entrance of the Council Chamber and place the completed card in the box at the end of the Council desk prior to the start of the meeting.”

Public comments will follow staff reports or discussions and will be limited to three minutes each. Time limits, however, may be extended by the Mayor or committee chair if the speaker is representing others so everyone does not need to speak.

Documents to be distributed to council members should be provided to the city clerk’s office by noon the Wednesday before the meeting as no items will be distributed during the meeting.

New advisory board

A new advisory board for the Milford Parks and Recreations department will soon be formed after the Milford City Council agreed to form the 5-member board.

The advisory board will work closely with Director Brad Dennehy and advise the city council in the future.

“I think it would be good to have an advisory board which wouldn’t belabor the council to do anything,” Mr. Dennehy said while promoting the idea.

The public has also recently expressed the desire for more recreational activities for adults in the area during recent community conversations, he added. An advisory board will be helpful in identifying these and other needs and how the department can offer appropriate programming.

The next Milford City Council meeting is Monday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m.

Jennifer Antonik can be reached at mc@newszap.com

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