Board member Lynda Walowit said she has had a lot of people approach her with concerns as to how public privilege has been handled. She said the perception that some people will try to dominate the public comment period and argue with speakers from the floor has stifled public participation in meetings.
"Every person has the right to come here and not be yelled at by the audience," she said. "I'm looking forward to more productive meetings."
Town resident Jim Baisley said nothing has changed with the passing of the new resolution.
"I still get my five minutes' worth to say what I want to say, so I don't know what you're taking away from me," he said.
Baisley added that while some residents were complaining of a lack of decorum from the town board, it goes both ways.
"We should all try to be civil when we're at the podium," he said.
No speakers during the public privilege portion of the Dec. 3 reached the five-minute time-limit.""