Human Service News and Information Alerts and Updates; CHA Allows Public Comment Period!

Human Service News and Information Alerts and Updates; CHA Allows Public Comment Period!

For the First Time in the Cambridge Housing Authority's History, it's Allowing Public Comment!

  • Posted on: 20 April 2021
  • By: HRASHID

Peace Be Unto You

Read all about it as follows:
CHA Board Passes New By-Laws to Welcome Public Input on Agenda Items, Effective 2021.
The Cambridge Housing Authority (CHA) Board of Commissioners has voted t= o approve and
adopt a revision of CHA by-laws to include a public participation policy which will allot time for members
of the public to provide comm= ent on agenda items during regular board meetings. CHA regular board
meetings take place twice every month on Wednesday at 5:30pm.

Designated Time for Public Participation
Members of the public may comment at Board meetings during the portion of the meeting designated to
receive public comment. At all other times during a Board meeting, the public shall not enter into
discussion or debate on matters being considered by the Board, unless requested by the Board Chair.
Individuals who wish to participate during the portion of the meeting designated for public comment shall
sign up with the Board chair or their designee prior to the start of the meeting and shall indicate the agenda
item on which they wish to address the Board.

In-person meetings: A sign-up sheet will be posted in the meeting room.
Virtually: Board chair or their designee will ask if anyone would like sign-up for public comment
before the meeting is called to order and provide instructions on how to do so electronically or
verbally.

Comments will be accepted only on items on the agenda for that meeting except for items discussed in the
Executive Director’s report. No comments will be allowed/accepted pertaining to the Executive Director’s
report.

An individual’s comments to the Board shall not exceed three minutes per meeting. If more than 10
individuals have signed up for public comment, each individual’s comments to the Board shall not exceed
two minutes per meeting.

Role of the Board Chair
The Board Chair is responsible for the management of the public comment period. The Board Chair, in their
sole discretion, may take the following actions when necessary for effective meeting management:
• Adjust the overall time limit for public comment.
• Adjust the speaking time allotted to each speaker.
• Determine that a comment or concern is not appropriate for public comment. Items not
appropriate for public comment include, but are not limited to, items not on the Board
meeting agenda, disclosing private personal information about another individual, the use
of vulgarity, and the use of threats.

Disruption of the meeting by members of the public will not be tolerated. If, after at least one warning from
the Board Chair, any individual continues to disrupt the meeting by their words or actions, they will be
asked to leave or will be muted.

Responses to Items Raised During Public Comment
Board members will not respond to items raised during public comment. This is a time for the public to
express their views

To learn more about the CHA Board of Commissioners and their function, "https://cambridge-housing.org/about/board-of-commissioners
SOURCE: https://cambridge-housing.org/

Yours In Peace
Hasson Rashid
CCTV's Human Serviice News and Information TV/Blog
Board Member Alliance of Cambridge Tenants (ACT)
Concerned Citizen
Cambridge,MA

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