At the May County Board Meeting, a Public Hearing of the "Inclusion of Viable Agricultural Lands within Certified Agricultural District" was on the agenda. Two persons spoke, including solar in their remarks. They were interupted by the chairman who has this right "to prevent the witness from straying too far from the subject," according to State Guidelines for Public Hearings.
So the primary concern is, when is there opportunity for public comment and questions?
In the Chenango County process, a person can go to their Supervisor to state their comments. Another option is to be put on the agenda of an individual committee of the Board the day before the scheduled meeting, to present one's concerns.
When, then does the entire Board hear the concerns and/or reseach on important matters from the residents of the county?
Our County Government has a direct affect on the lives of its residents.
Where is there more public input? How is that played out in the process of its governance and transparency?