Policy update strives to shorten Shawnee council meetings during controversial issues

When a heated topic hits the city, council meetings will now be more time-efficient.

At least that’s the hope behind the Shawnee City Council’s latest policy change.

At its meeting last week, the governing body unanimously approved a provision to the city’s conduct of public meetings policy, which will allow one spokesperson for a neighborhood or group, related to a specific issue, to have a longer period of time to speak during public comment.

For example, if several residents in a neighborhood are protesting a proposed development, those neighbors could group together and allocate one spokesperson to voice their concerns in a formal or informal presentation to the council, rather than each person going up to the podium to express nearly the same thing repeatedly.

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