Open Meeting Rules of Decorum

For meetings of the Avon Town Board and its affiliated committees

Wisconsin’s Open Meetings Law attempts to promote openness in government and to provide citizens with an opportunity to observe and educate themselves about government operations.

However, it should be noted that the general right of citizens to observe local government meetings does not inherently give them the right to participate. A local governing body retains the right to permit and regulate citizen participation at meetings as it deems necessary.

The Avon Town Board has deemed it necessary to allow for public input during its meetings. That said, the Town Board has also deemed it necessary to maintain order at said meetings, minimizing the opportunities for hostility, redundancy and overall inefficiency.

Therefore, the following Rules of Decorum are established:

No interruptions.

If you wish to speak while the Board is deliberating an item, please raise your hand.

When the Board is in a position to consider public feedback, a member will call on you, at which time you will be granted up to 3 minutes to deliver your remarks.

Each citizen will be granted one 3-minute comment period per agenda item.

Never engage in argument or any discussion with another member of the public.

 

All comments must be directed to the Board.

A public input session will also be held toward the end of every monthly Board meeting. This session allows citizens to bring other matters before the Board that are not already included on the agenda.

Each citizen will be granted one 3-minute period to deliver his or her remarks.

The Board, at its discretion, may choose to ask follow-up questions after a citizen delivers his or her remarks.

Never engage in argument or any discussion with another member of the public.

All comments must be directed to the Board.

Do not exhibit disorderly behavior. Town of Avon Ordinance 2021-04 prohibits disorderly conduct. Disorderly conduct is defined as follows: Engaging in violent, abusive, indecent, profane, boisterous, unreasonably loud or otherwise disorderly conduct under circumstances in which the conduct tends to cause or provoke a disturbance. Any person engaging in such conduct is guilty of a Class B misdemeanor.

Thank you!