Clerk Roncelli sets rules for public at meetings

February 14, 2020

In response to the interrupting and speaking out of turn at recent board meetings, Bloomfield Township Clerk Jan Roncelli issued a statement on decorum at the Bloomfield Township Board of Trustees meeting on Monday,February 10.

Roncelli read the statement in its entirety and the public was able to follow along via printed copies made available at the meeting.

"Township board meetings are scheduled for the board to do its business in public," she read. "People can observe the process, but not interrupt the board in their deliberations. However, the public is entitled to express their opinions and questions at a board meeting during the public comment section and a public hearing."

After finishing the prepared statement from a Bloomfield Township Newsletter dated Fall 2017 Roncelli had one more thing to add before the meeting moved on to public comments.  

"So, just to remind you that it is one thing for the board to handle the meeting through parliamentary procedure and call for a point of order, it is not part of the audience to interject point of order or say something out loud,” she admonished certain members of the public who had been doing just that at several recent meetings. “It has to be conducted in a business-like manner, and that's just what we want to remind you of tonight, and at all nights at township board meetings."
 

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