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N. Logan changes public hearings policy to better suit the public

February 19th, 2010 Posted in Opinion

By Kate Clark

NORTH LOGAN–Citizens can now address the North Logan City Council and be able to get a response, due to a revision of their public hearings.

Council members and North Logan residents have been frustrated by the current hearings that allow the public to voice opinions during a scheduled time slot of the meeting, but not receive any response from the council.

“People come to you with something they’re really concerned about and you just have to sit there. You can’t say anything,” Councilwoman Nancy Potter said as the possible change was being discussed.

Mayor Lloyd Berentzen agreed, “It limits our ability to discuss the issues, we keep leaving things open-ended and nothing happens.”

The revision accepted Wednesday night allows any item a resident would like addressed to be included on the agenda, at the request of any council member. Once an item has been approved, it will be advertised on meeting agendas, including those in the newspaper. Community members who have similar concerns will be informed about the meeting, and the council will be able to research and become familiar with the topic beforehand. In addition, council members will be able to respond to concerns, allowing a forum of discussion to take place.

“As long as we can react to people’s desires to be heard, that is what we’re after.”


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