Citizens can speak out at City Council

Citizens of Rockford who want to address the City Council in person will get their chance starting at the Council’s next meeting, July 6.

Alderman Franklin Beach (R-10) brought the amendment to the Council’s attention Monday night, where it won unanimous approval from the 12 aldermen present. The same idea had been rejected earlier this year when it was brought to the council by Alderman David Johnson (R-4).

Previously, people who wished to address the City Council had to contact their alderman. The option to speak on their own behalf will hopefully encourage more area residents to take an active interest in the community.

Up to five speakers per meeting will be given three minutes each to address the council. Those interested in speaking must submit a form in advance to the city legal department no later than 5 p.m. on the Friday prior to the meeting. All speakers must fill out the form to explain the issue they will be addressing, and their stance on the issue. The form can be found on the city’s Web site,

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