public comment time no longer on Providence council
By Taylor Scott
April 14, 2006 | PROVIDENCE -- Under
the advice of Craig Bott, attorney from the Utah Local
Government Trust, the public comment portion of Providence
City Council meetings has been removed from agendas
as of March 11, says Mayor Randy Simmons.
"We need to have a strict distinction between public
hearings and public meetings, and a public comment session
is one that doesn't and cannot be part of the public
meeting, so we no longer have that on the agenda but
we do have a public hearing," said Simmons.
During a public hearing specific issues will be presented
on the agenda by the mayor or council members and residents
of Providence will be allowed the opportunity to speak
on those topics, whereas during a public comment session
residents are allowed to speak on any issue.
This decision comes only two weeks after one upset
resident voiced her strong opinion of Simmons during
the full 20-minute public comment session of the city
After all was said Simmons called for a motion to
open the public hearing to allow residents present to
voice opinions or concerns about the final proposed
three-lot residential subdivision for South Bench Estates
located at 1000 S. 400 East, the motion passed. Of the
almost 40 people present, only one, Skarlet Bankhead,
spoke up to mention she lived in the general location
of lot 3 in the subdivision.
Bankhead, who is also the city clerk, said public
hearings will only be present in the specific meetings
with items the council seeks opinion from the residents
on and residents will no longer see the public comment