I know some of you out there are involved in politics at the local level. I would like to know what any of you think about this story. The newly elected Board of Selectmen in Saugus recently voted to no longer have a public comment period during their meetings. If a town citizen wants to speak to the BOS, he or she must send a request in writing to be placed on the agenda for the next meeting. Until this change, every BOS meeting had a public forum segment during which anyone could stand up and speak to the selectmen about any issue. It made citizen participation in town government very easy.
Does anyone have any thoughts? What does your town governing body do? (BTW, the Massachusetts Open Meeting law does not require that a governing body provide citizens with the opportunity to speak to it during a meeting, but maybe it should.)