MANKATO (TEC News) - The North Mankato City Council scheduled a public hearing to discuss whether or not it will eliminate the second public comment period from council meetings in favor of one six-minute period per speaker. The idea to remove the second comment period, which lasts for three minutes, came from North Mankato City Administrator John Harrenstein. A discussion between Harrenstein and North Mankato Mayor Mark Dehen concluded that the best way to serve the public during council meetings was to extend the first comment period to six minutes. The proposed change to the comment period would potentially help council members address any issues citizens may have, said Harrenstein:
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Despite the potential benefits of increasing the first comment period, some council members were opposed to the change. Some members believe the current council-meeting platform works just fine, and that eliminating the second comment period may cause citizens to miss out on a chance to speak, said Harrenstein. The public hearing was scheduled for June 3 at 7 p.m. For more information, call 625-4141.