Rickers clarifies role in R.J. Ranch discussion at council meeting
To the editor:
I’m writing to offer both clarification and rebuttal to a couple of statements made in the NDN’s August 12, 2013, article concerning Cardinal Hills Golf & Swim and the R.J. Ranch Subdivision proposal. The article contains multiple comments from the golf course owner, Mark Davis.
Mr. Davis claims that I was given preferential treatment because my statements during the August 5, 2013, City Council meeting lasted about ten minutes. The contention that public hearing comments are limited to three minutes in duration is simply wrong and based upon ignorance of the City Council’s procedural rules. To my knowledge there has never been an arbitrary three minute limit on public hearing comments, and no such limit exists now. The City Council’s official “Public Participation Guidelines” state that persons addressing the Council concerning items on the meeting agenda shall be given a “reasonable amount of time” to present their comments. The Mayor (or Mayor Pro Tem) has the discretion to guide or limit public discussion as they see fit. Both proponents and opponents of the subdivision proposal were free to address the Council without being subject to a three minute limit. (A copy of the Public Participation Guidelines is attached.)
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