The Susquehanna County Commissioners tightened the reins on how the meetings are conducted on Wednesday, Sept. 14.
Chairman Alan Hall reminded audience members that public comment is limited to three minutes; and said all questions – in line with Robert’s Rules of Order – should be directed to the meeting chair.
The newly imposed rules caused some push-back from audience members in a meeting that grew contentious at times.
One audience member asked that the commissioners include public comment in the meeting minutes.
He said that a municipal meeting he attended on Monday of last week simply noted a summary of items from the public brought before the board. “Townships are doing, I would think the county would also be doing it,” the man said.
Hall said the commissioners would not consider that at this time.
The commissioners were again asked to hold meetings in evenings.
Hall said the commissioners are available to meet with people outside of normal business hours but said meetings would not be moved.
“We meet with people all the time,” Hall said, advising those interested in meeting with county officials to contact them to set up a meeting with an official.
The commissioners were asked again about the potential incinerator looking to locate in New Milford Twp.
Hall said the county was putting all of the information is receives from DEP, as well as limited information from Tyler Corners Group on the county website.
The county has asked for baseline studies from DEP, and to keep the county informed of any pre-application meetings scheduled with the state agency.
Hall said DEP has said the county has no authority to enact an air ordinance.