Rules for Public Participation at all Borough Meetings

At the regular December 3, 2018 meeting of Borough Council, Council adopted the following Code of Conduct for public participation at all Borough meetings.  They became effective immediately:    1.   Management of meetings will be under the direction of the presiding member of Borough Council. Any comments made by the public during the meeting will be for the benefit of Borough Council. 2.   Persons to Be Heard shall be limited to three (3) to five (5) minutes per individual. Any additional time to make comments shall be at the discretion of the presiding member of Borough Council. 3.   Public Participation shall be limited to one (1) to two (2) minutes per individual. Any additional time to make comments shall be at the discretion of the presiding member of Borough Council. 4.   Management of public participation, including public comments, shall be within the discretion and under the direction and control of the presiding member of Borough Council in accordance with the terms of this code. 5.   Public comment shall be made only by residents or taxpayers of the Borough of Mount Pocono. Said participants must be recognized by the presiding officer and must preface their comments by an announcement of their . . . .

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Statement of Junior Councilmember Darwish on returning Respect and Dignity to Civil Discourse

As Junior Councilmember, I am addressing the people of Mount Pocono today on the behalf of the youth here in Monroe County. This decision was not made lightly, but rather with a very heavy heart. Being on the Junior Council, it was my expectation that the grime of politics that are so inherent in Washington and in Harrisburg had not yet reached this small town. That the values that have traditionally united Americans: respect and dignity, had not yet been trampled. I  was, unfortunately, misguided. Yesterday, driving home from work, I had come across a large white sign, with bold words written across, “Claudette Williams: deadbeat taxpayer, mentally deficient”. This repugnant show of divisiveness in rhetoric pointed to something much larger. In the recent weeks preceding tomorrow’s election, it has come to my attention that remarks have been made in an attempt not only to degrade those with differing political beliefs, but to silence those people, to drown out the marketplace of ideas, to assassinate diversity, and to, for lack of a better word, lynch democracy itself. To say the least, I am disgusted. I am disgusted by the behaviors of the people who attempt to alienate members of our community based solely on differences of politics. And quite frankly, everyone in this . . . .

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