The Shreveport City Council rules limit speaker comments to three minutes. It’s the same with the Caddo Commission.
The reason for these rules is quite simple. Time considerations for all in attendance.
At yesterday’s Council meeting there were over 15 citizens who addressed the Council.
Too many speakers abused the 3 minute rule. It’s becoming more and more a problem at council meetings.
Once one speaker goes over the clock, then the following speakers believe they have a vested right to do the same.
All too often these speakers waste time. There is no need to thank the mayor and the council for the opportunity to speak, to tout one’s credentials, or repeat ad nauseam what has been said by prior speakers. A simple “ I agree/support the comments of…”
Enforcement of the rule is the responsibility of the council chairman Jerry Bowman ,Jr. or Council vice chair John Nickelson. Unfortunately many speakers direct derogatory comments to Nickelson when he attempts to enforce this rule.
Extending a person’s time to speak is not a good solution. Where does one draw the line?
All council members should help support this 3 minute rule. This is not an act of disrespect for constituents. It’s a reminder that rules, like city ordinances, have a purpose and should be followed.