The Itasca County Board of Commissioners will hear public comment (regarding agenda items) prior to county board meetings. Commissioners, on a vote of 3-1, agreed to allow members of the public to comment on agenda items. The comments can not of political nature, grandstanding, candidate endorsements, or attempts to influence an election. Commissioners will listen to concerns but are not obligated to debate or answer questions. One concern commissioners had was if a person refused to surrender the microphone after his/her 3 minutes time is up.
The vote was 3-1 in favor. Commissioner DeNucci cast the dissenting vote. Commissioner Snyder was absent but gave the board a letter to be read in support.