Public meeting code of conduct

Those attending local public meetings had best mind their P’s and Q’s. Selectmen chairwoman Ellen Allen doesn’t like what she’s been seeing in the manners department, so she and her fellow board members are drafting a policy outlining proper etiquette during public meetings. “Over the past couple of months, I’ve seen people before committees and on committees speak to others in a way that is not appropriate,” Allen said. “We understand that some people feel strongly and get emotional about issues, but they need to keep it civil and professional.” Allen said there wasn’t a specific incident that triggered the matter, but rather an ongoing lack of respect some individuals have displayed. She said that once the policy is approved, selectmen will share it with committees and boards that report to them and that they will be expected to adopt it.