2014-11-19 / Front Page

City lays out rules for public speakers during meetings

BY TONY VINDELL
Reporter

Although the rules for public participation during its regular meetings have always been in effect, the Raymondville City Commission is putting them in black and white.

The commission welcomes public participation, but those wanting to voice their concerns in favor or against any particular issue must follow certain rules of conduct.

A sign up sheet will be available before the start of a meeting and only the names of those on it will be allowed to address the commission.

A person’s comment must be civil and respectful , must not be about physical appearance or character, members of the audience are expected to respect the views of others and should not interrupt or harass a speaker.

A member of the public addressing the commission may speak a maximum of five minutes.

Audience participation will be held before a meeting of the commission starts and a person will begin by stating his or her name.

Failure to abide by the terms of the rules may result in the person being expelled from the building by order of the chair after one warning.

City Manager Eleazar “Yogi” Garcia presented a draft of the audience participation rules during Wednesday’s meeting of the commission.

“There is no action required at this moment,” he said.

The idea for laying out the rules of participation was prompted after Vanessa Tijerina, began addressing the commission asking for numerous public documents such as payroll, annual budgets and overtime.

On Wednesday, she told commissioners they have been acting like children because they have not been answering her concerns.

In other business, the commission:

- Awarded Guzman & Muñoz Engineering and Surveying Inc. a contract for its services based on a request of qualifications.

A representative with AGH Engineering & Surveying Inc. of Brownsville asked the commission to consider them, but a committee made up of city employees chose Guzman & Muñoz.

The Weslaco-based company has been on board for the city and for Willacy County for a number of years.

- Approved a request by Pastor David Yanez with the Lord’s Christian Center to use Smiley Park for a free community outreach event to be held from 3-8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22.

- Approved the city’s annual employee appreciation dinner on Friday, Dec. 10.

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