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Public comment welcome at 6:30 p.m. second Tuesdays

The Wadena City Council agreed to try moving the meeting open to public item from being last on its monthly meeting agenda to a regular time of 6:30 p.m.

Mayor Wayne Wolden suggested a time change to allow more people an opportunity to comment without having to wait through the entire council meeting.

"I think it would encourage more people coming to the council, voicing what issues they might have," he said.

He suggested moving it to the front or just before the meeting. The council generally does not take action on items from that portion of the meeting, Wolden said.

Councilwoman Kay Browne said she liked the idea of having a set time for opening the meeting to the public because the length of council meetings varies so much.

City council meetings are held at 5 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month.

Councilman Toby Pierce said most people work until 5 p.m. and it might be pushing it to expect them to get to the meeting by 5 p.m. or before.

Browne suggested 6:30 p.m.

Pierce didn't think that it damaged anyone to sit and listen to a government meeting and learn how a city operates, he said, but a 6:30 p.m. time would allow them to hear some of it. It's worth trying a change in time, he said.

Wolden said an average of two to five minutes is what he's heard cities generally allow for each person to comment. If the issue needs more time it can be put on as an agenda item at another meeting.