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Danbury City Council orientation covers rules for public speaking at meetings

During an orientation meeting for new Danbury City Council members, an issue from their first meeting came up.  During the December meeting two residents tried to make comments on items included in Department Reports, which are listed at the end of the agenda for members to accept.  They were stopped by the Mayor, noting that the public speaking portion of the meeting is only for items specifically on the agenda.  Councilman Warren Levy told his colleagues the Charter was correctly interpreted, and that residents can get that information outside of the Council meeting.  But Councilman Jack Knapp noted that residents will argue Department Reports are an agenda item.  According to the City of Danbury Charter, the half an hour is reserved for resident or taxpayers on the matters before the Council at each meeting.

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