The Mt. Zion Village Board unanimously approved the following rules for speaking during public forum at Village Board Meetings at it's Monday, March 2, 2015, Village Board Meeting.
PUBLIC COMMENT: Pursuant to the Village’s rule-making authority set forth in the Illinois Open Meetings Act, the rules governing public comment at all board meetings of the Mayor and Village Board of Trustees shall be as follows:
1. Speakers at the podium shall first identify themselves, and if they choose, give their residential address, before they offer any comments to the board;
2. Speakers shall limit their commentary to five (5) minutes;
3. Speakers shall relate their commentary to matters of Village business;
4. Speakers shall at all times address the board, not staff or the audience;
5. Speakers shall offer their commentary only from the podium;
6. Speakers shall confine their remarks to commentary;
7. Speakers shall not use their commentary in an attempt to interrogate board members or staff nor in an attempt to force the body to engage in debate;
8. Speakers shall return to their seat or leave the meeting room at the end of their remarks;
9. Speakers shall not employ profane or threatening language nor shall they engage in any personal attacks;
10. Speakers shall respect both the decorum of the public meeting and the authority of the Mayor as the board’s presiding officer; and
11. A speaker whose behavior disrupts the conduct of the public meeting or threatens the public’s safety are subject to removal from the meeting upon a finding by the Mayor that the speaker’s behavior has violated any of these rules.