The majority of Camas City Council members have voiced opposition to the idea of opening two-way conversations with citizens during council workshops and meetings.
“There is substantial research … that strongly advises that meetings of the council are business meetings and (should) not include two-way conversations with the public,” Councilman Greg Anderson said at the Council’s workshop on Monday, March 2. “All of the municipalities around us do not allow for public discourse during public comments.”
Councilwoman Melissa Smith agreed, and said she recalled a time when Clark County Council members opened their public comments up for two-way dialogues with citizens.
“It was a disaster. They couldn’t rein it back in,” Smith said. “It derails the meeting.”
Councilman Don Chaney said he felt council members were better equipped to answer citizens’ questions via email or during other public events.