City adopts ‘Code of Civility’ for meetings
The Elk River City Council has laid out some ground rules for behavior at its meetings in a new “Code of Civility” adopted May 2.
The code will be posted in the two rooms at city hall where council meetings are held — the council chambers for regular meetings and the Upper Town Conference Room for work sessions.
The code includes:
- All electronic devices are to be turned off or silenced.
- Disruptive behavior is prohibited. Don’t interrupt others who have the floor.
- Refrain from side discussions.
- Be respectful of others.
- Wait to be recognized by the council.
- Speak at the podium so everyone can hear you.
- Come prepared and speak to the issue. Be brief and to the point.
- Address your comments to the board as a whole.
Mayor John Dietz said of the code: “It’s nice and simple and to the point.”
The code indicates that the city’s goal is to foster an environment which encourages a fair discussion and exchange of ideas without fear of personal attacks.
Anyone whose behavior is disruptive is subject to removal from the meeting, according to the code.