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Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors Limiting Speakers Time


Reporter: Heather Rosenbaum | Videographer: RJ Burnette

Pittsylvania Co., VA -- Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors say their meetings are just too long, so they are now going to enforce a time cap on each person's public comments.

"I think we got out at about 11 o'clock. So it's 3 or 4 hour meetings, and I think that was kind of lengthy and I think that's because the citizens," said Tim Barber, the board's chairman.

After meetings ran hours over schedule, the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors felt like they had no other choice.

"I had several members come to me and complain about how long the meetings was lasting. So we are going to start enforcing it," said Barber.

They've decided to limit public comments lasting more than three minutes per person. A rule which was always there, will now be strictly enforced.

"That's a long time to get to talking for 3 minutes. I don't see where it would be a problem," said Barber.

Regular attendees of these meetings, like Louie Wyatt, look forward to the restricted time.

"You have people that go to meetings regular, regular as the clock rolls around and some of these people can just get up there and go on and on and on and when they finish you have no idea what they said," said Wyatt, a Pittsylvania County resident.

Wyatt argues that three minutes gives you enough time to say your piece while still keeping the peace.

"You've got to have some kind of restraint because there are people over there with other issues that is just as important to them as whatever they are talking about," said Wyatt.

Still, representatives of a group can talk for 10 minutes. Anyone can chime in on specific issues as the meeting progresses. And, only residents and landowners in Pittsylvania County will be able to speak out during the citizens part.

"You can do it every meeting so you can come twice a month and speak," said Barber.

They will make the amendment at their June 19 meeting.

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