The Winthrop Town Council will continue to give all residents an opportunity to address the board during the “public comment” portion of its meetings. The Council voted to give citizens five minutes to speak on any issue they feel is pertinent and any councilor may extend that time if he or she so desires.
The reason for the five-minute limit is obvious: A resident could abuse the privilege and go “on and on” for as many minutes as he or she would like and meetings could potentially last to midnight.
So the Council has the right idea when it imposes a 5-minute limit with the ability to extend it when a councilor so chooses.
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