Public Comment Period
Submit Public Comment for a Regularly Scheduled Board of Supervisors Meeting
Here, members of the public may submit questions, comments, or concerns to the Mathews County Board of Supervisors for their consideration during regularly scheduled meetings. Please note that citizens may submit one (1) comment per meeting, multiple comments for one (1) comment period will not be considered. Public comments must be submitted no later than 9:00 AM on the day of the Board of Supervisors' regular-scheduled meetings, unless otherwise advertised (The Board of Supervisors October Regular Meeting deadline is 9:00 AM on October 27th, 2020), in order to be considered. Late submissions will be included in the following Board of Supervisors' regular-scheduled meeting. Please be aware that incomplete forms will not be included into the record. Complete and submit the public comment form here.
Mathews County Board of Supervisors Public Comment Period During Board of Supervisor Meetings
Those individuals of the public attending any official meeting of the Board of Supervisors without an approved Item of Business on the Meeting Agenda or modification thereof shall not be permitted at the podium at any time other than during the Citizens Comment period. No person shall address the Board during an official meeting from the audience unless recognized by the Chair. Comments from the public during the Citizens Comment period shall be limited to three minutes.
The Chair at their discretion may provide a verbal advisory to a speaker at the podium when 30 seconds remain of the specified time to conclude comments.
How It Works during Public Hearings
At any official meeting of the Board where a public hearing is set on the Meeting Agenda, or a Public Hearing of the Board pursuant to Article 6.4 of the By-Laws, the Chair shall first permit general presentation and discussion of the matter of the public hearing from the Podium and/or from the Board Table. At the conclusion of such presentation/ discussion, the Chair shall Open the public hearing and invite those of the public attending the meeting to the Podium to comment.
Signed up to Speak
Those signed to speak during the open portion of a public hearing shall be limited to three minutes of time for comments at the podium. The Chair at their discretion may provide a verbal advisory to a speaker at the podium when 30 seconds remain of the specified time to conclude comments.
During public hearings, speakers may address the Board only on matters pertaining to or germane to the issue for which the public hearing is being held. No speaker is to engage in political statements, personal attacks upon members of the Board of Supervisors, county employees or officials, or any other person, nor are speakers entitled to use abusive language or discuss matters outside the issue for which the public hearing is being held.
Violation of this rule shall enable the Chair by directive to take appropriate measures to rule the speaker out of order and to have the speaker removed from the meeting, if necessary, and take such other steps the Chair deems appropriate, including bringing appropriate charges against the person and bringing the charges in the name of the Board of Supervisors.
No discourse at a public hearing, whether during general presentation and discussion or during the open portion of the hearing is required to be entered into the minutes unless conducted at the podium.
Upon conclusion of speakers at the Podium, the Chair shall close the public hearing. A motion with second and majority vote of a quorum of Board members present at a public hearing shall overrule the Chair’s decision to close the public hearing or to limit the number speakers, in which event speakers may continue until the Board by majority vote ends the public hearing. A motion with second and majority vote of a quorum of Board members present shall also close the public hearing in this event.
Action of Record
An Action of Record may be taken at the close of a public hearing at the discretion of the Board. Supervisors’ Reports shall facilitate the presentation of comments, reports and proposed Items of Business not otherwise part of the Meeting Agenda by individual Board members in round table fashion.
Matters may be presented for information, discussion and action and/or scheduled for further consideration as an Item of Business at a future meeting of the Board. When speaking during Supervisors’ Reports, Board members shall be limited to 10 minutes, at which time the Chair may at their discretion suspend further presentation from the Board member and request action by consensus agreement of Board members present at the Board Table to permit additional time to conclude the presentation.
No Board member shall yield time or place under Supervisors’ Reports to any other Board member or other person. No member of the Board shall have any other position reserved for them on the Meeting Agenda other than under Supervisors’ Reports.
Adopting Specific Rules & Procedures
The Board may at its discretion adopt specific rules and procedures relative to the conduct of certain types of public hearings other than those set forth in the By-Laws. Such specific rules and procedures shall be adopted in the manner prescribed for amendment of the By-Laws set forth in Article 13 and shall become part of the By-Laws upon adoption.
Where a public hearing is conducted by another party on behalf of or before the Board, the rules and procedures governing that public hearing shall be as prescribed by the party conducting it.