Silencing the public? City removes comments

HARLINGEN — Citizens aren’t being allowed to speak up at City Commission meetings.

At least not until officials review alternatives to the public comment period, or citizen communication, which allows citizens to speak before commissioners for up to two minutes.

Officials didn’t include a citizen communication period on Wednesday’s City Commission agenda, City Secretary Amanda Elizondo said yesterday.

City Attorney Richard Bilbie said he’s reviewing “alternatives” to the citizen communication period held at the end of meetings.

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