New Dixfield Rule: No complaining

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DIXFIELD — The Board of Selectmen voted Monday night to once again allow public comment at their meetings, but complaints will not be allowed.

Chairman Mac Gill said in a written statement about the new rules that “complaints are not allowed.”

“Any speaker using foul language, shouting, using physical displays of anger or attempting to physically intimidate will be strictly prohibited and can cause the speaker to be removed from the meeting,” Gill wrote.

Each resident will have five minutes to speak and cannot transfer minutes to another, the statement said.

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Residents must also “notify the town manager by the Thursday before the selectmen’s meeting” and state the topic they wish to discuss.

Gill said during the meeting that Dixfield residents will be given first priority to speak.

The new rules will go into effect at the next meeting Feb. 11, Gill said.

Gill said that the board began to consider the return of public comment to the agenda during the Jan. 14 selectmen’s meeting, after several residents requested that it be added so they could have an opportunity to address town issues.

Public comment was initially removed, according to Gill, because some residents were using their time to directly attack others and were interfering with the selectmen’s ability to conduct town business.

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