The Douglas County Board of Commissioners will limit comments to three minutes per person at its weekly Wednesday meetings.

Under the direction of new Board Chairman Gary Leif, several changes will me made to the rules on public comments.

The three-minute rule, along with a 30-minute limit to the allotted time for all comments, will change the commission's longstanding policy of accepting all comments without time limits.

In another policy reversal, the commissioners will begin turning a camera on speakers. The meetings will continue to be live-streamed, with recordings available on the internet.

Since commissioners Tim Freeman and Chris Boice turned the cameras back on in 2015, they've pointed directly at the commissioners throughout the meetings, making it impossible for viewers to see members of the public who address the commission.

Some citizens had requested in 2017 that the cameras be turned on them when they spoke. Boice argued the change could lead to grandstanding and cost extra staff time. Leif had said he supported the idea.

Reporter Carisa Cegavske can be reached at 541-957-4213 or ccegavske@nrtoday.com.

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Carisa Cegavske is the senior reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at 541-957-4213 or by email at ccegavske@nrtoday.com. Follow her on Twitter @carisa_cegavske

(5) comments

Connerth

Boice's 55 minute State of the County Speech last week was grandstanding at its best!!

bohica48

And the wise people of Douglas County voted Home Rule down in favor of THIS? Thank God no "Environmental Terrorists" were present! Hey Gary! How's your public funding for your "Working Vacation" going? I'd laugh if it wasn't so pathetic!

Mogie

It would be nice if the commissioners would now also put a time limit on their comments.

Momos

Nicer yet would be to move to evening meetings so working people could attend. Limiting public input to 30 minutes on a weekday morning? Obviously they are afraid of the questions people would ask. According to them, they're working all day and all night anyway. The commissioners are the only ones grandstanding.

S

Home Rule required an evening meeting.

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