TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - Grand Traverse County officials have agreed to update public comment rules for commission meetings as part of a settlement with an area resident.
The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/1fvGdfJ ) the amended county rules state that neither the chair nor the board shall end public comment "until each and every member of the public" that wants to speak "has a full and fair opportunity to do so."
The agreement was reached this week. Ann Laurence of Traverse City sued the county board for violating Michigan's Open Meetings Act after board Chairman Herb Lemcool cut public comments short during a contentious budget meeting late last year.
Laurence says the agreement will prevent future problems. County officials also agreed to pay $2,200 toward Laurence's costs and fees related to the lawsuit.
Information from: Traverse City Record-Eagle, http://www.record-eagle.com
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