Recounted here, Mayor MacDougall refused to allow Ms. Elizabeth Rauch to address the council about an issue regarding the Town’s attempt to acquire family property via eminent domain (yeah, THAT again). Hiding behind technical language in the Town’s rules for meetings, the Mayor closed the meting saying Ms. Rauch was not on the agenda and, thus, she could not speak. He, and only he, had the authority to give Ms. Rauch – and/or anyone else – the floor. Rather, the Mayor acted as though the agenda controlled HIM, instead of the other way around.
Who determines the agenda? – Steve MacDougall
Who can alter the agenda? – Steve MacDougall
Who could have allowed Ms. Rauch to speak? – Steve MacDougall
Who bailed out a side door after the meeting though he told Ms. Rauch he would listen to her comments? – Steve MacDougallAny and every citizen should be allowed (Allowed? Whose government IS this?) to speak at public council meetings. It matters not how much time it would take, what issue might be brought up (or how uncomfortable it may be for some), or what pre-determined, “safe,” non-controversial items MacDougall wants to discuss.