Citizen participation in library board meetings

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Policy adopted by the Board of Trustees November 1993

Policy revised September 12, 2011

Visitors to Bethlehem Public Library board meetings are recognized by the president and asked to introduce themselves and identify the organization (if any) they represent.

At the start of a meeting, a maximum of 30 minutes is allowed for public comment. At the conclusion of a meeting, a maximum of 15 minutes is allowed for public comment. Individual participation is limited to three (3) minutes.

Citizens may comment on any library-related subject. The board does not allow discussion of matters irrelevant to library business. Board and staff members answer visitors’ questions when the facts are immediately available; some questions may need to be referred for study and future response.

In lieu of participation in a board meeting, citizens may direct specific inquiries and complaints to the library director, and appeal to the board if a satisfactory resolution is not reached.

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