Public comment time limit during meetings could double

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WAUKESHA — Although the time allotted for public comments during Common Council meetings was extended by a minute several years ago, Alderman Aaron Perry is now asking to double it.

Perry wants to extend the time limit from three minutes per person to six minutes, which he said will likely be considered at the next Common Council meeting on July 18 in City Hall.

The idea for this change came about after a constituent, Mike Walsh, told Perry there wasn’t enough time to delve into a subject and not feel rushed in those three minutes. Walsh brought the issue up on Wednesday at Perry’s town hall meeting, asking if the change was coming soon.

Walsh said he frequents meetings during the budget season and often comes equipped with facts and figures that take more than three minutes to present without sounding rushed or agitated. “They set aside a half hour for public comment and even if no one is behind you, you only get three minutes before they cut you off,” Walsh said.

Perry said he could count on one hand the amount of times someone has been cut off during public comment since he was elected, but wants to give people the option to talk longer at the meetings, especially coming into a busy budget season and with plans for the water pipeline moving forward.

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