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Wednesday, August 20, 2003

Is There a Second? Town Officials Urged to Adopt Parliamentary Rules

The chairs of Westports boards, commissions and committees got a little gift from the town this week—a primer on parliamentary procedure.

First Selectwoman Diane Goss Farrell sent a copy of the Penguin Book edition of “Parliamentary Procedure at a Glance” to the officials to promote more open government.

The book’s list price is $9.95, but Pat Scully, manager of Farrell’s office who distributed the books, said the town was able to get a discount. About 100 copies were purchased, she said.

In order to continue to insure that public business is processed efficiently, effectively and accurately, we are forwarding to you a copy of ‘Parliamentary Procedure at a Glance by O. Garfield Jones,” Farrell told the chairs in a letter accompanying the book.

“This is a very helpful guide that should provide answers to questions on a real time basis that may come up at public hearings. Essentially, the guide outlines Robert’s Rules of Order.”

Farrell added, “As you know Roberts Rules have been utilized especially effectively by the Representative Town Meeting.

“f your board/commission/committee has not formally adopted the utilization of Roberts Rules of Order, I would urge you to do so at your earliest convenience.”

Farrell said as elected and appointed town officials, “we know that service to the public is of paramount importance. I would hope you will find this guide a helpful tool toward achieving the goals of open government.”

Editors Note: The editor of WestportNow also serves as moderator of the Representative Town Meeting.

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Posted 08/20/03 at 04:49 PM  Permalink



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