Residents who wish to speak at City Council meetings will no longer have to submit a letter a week in advance, the city's newly elected mayor said Wednesday.
George Ziegler, named mayor by the council Tuesday night, said he will announce the policy, and guidelines he would like the meetings to follow, today.
"The city should be run like a business," Ziegler declared, adding that citizens should have a voice in that business. The current policy on public comment at council meetings was adopted last December by Mayor Richard Buck.
Ziegler said residents still will have to file a letter a week in advance if they want the council to make an immediate decision on a specific concern, but if citizens want to make a statement or ask a question without the expectation of a decision, they will be free to do so, he said.