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.

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

All comments must be directed to the Board.

Each citizen will be granted one 3-minute period during public input 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.

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.