Addressing The Board
If you wish to speak at a Board or Commission meeting - to voice a concern, raise an issue, inform, or question an agenda item, please check the current agenda to see if your issue is already planned for discussion.
Typical Agenda Order:
I. Meeting called to order; introduction of those present.
II. Approval of the Agenda
III. Public Hearing or Special Presentations and Board/Commission discussions
IV. General Township Business
V. Public Comment other than agenda items.
VI. Board Comment
VII. Unfinished Business
VIII. New Business
If Your issue Is ON The Agenda:
Once the item has been introduced, wait to speak until after the topic has been discussed by the Board or Commission and a motion has been made. After the motion has been made and seconded, discussion is open to the public. Make sure you are standing at a microphone to be recognized before the item is called for a vote. Please state your name and address for the record.
If Your Issue Is NOT On The Agenda:
Wait to be recognized at the microphone during the portion of the agenda named "Public Comment other than agenda items." All comments and discussion must be germane to Township Affairs.
Tips For Addressing the Board or a Commission:
- Move quickly to the microphone when "Public Comment other than agenda items" is announced.
- Give your name and address after being acknowledged.
- Please be courteous.
- Speak directly to the meeting Chairperson. The proper procedure at a Board/Commission meeting is to address others at the table or other speakers "through the Chair."
- Don't be Bashful! State your issue clearly and succinctly.
- Be specific. Make your announcement or address your concern, what was done or what you have already tried to do, and specifically what you want to see done to resolve the issue.
- Please be brief.
For Additional Help with an Issue:
If you have an issue and you don't know where to turn, please contact the Township Clerk or Township Supervisor’s Office first. Township staff may be able to address your concern quickly and efficiently. You can always approach the Board or a Commission if you feel your issue was not resolved.