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Davenport will soon limit public comment at city council meetings

Davenport City Hall.
Davenport City Hall.

Davenport is limiting public comments at its city council meetings, starting next week.

At regular city council meetings, people will have three minutes, cut down from five minutes, to voice their opinions. And public comments will be removed from video recordings of the meetings.

The city council will only hear public comments at the end of regular meetings. During committee of the whole meetings, people will be able to comment for each agenda item.

At a city council meeting on Feb 14, former alderwoman Judith Lee addressed the council about the new rules.

"Council, mayor and staff need to remember who they all work for and why you all have a job in the first place," she said.

The new rules will go into effect on Feb 21.

Rachel graduated from Michigan State University's J-School and has a background in broadcast and environmental journalism. Before WVIK, she worked for WKAR Public Media, Great Lakes Now, and more. In her free time, she likes to cook, hike, and hang out with her cat.