A frequent visitor to Columbus Council didn't like what greeted him at the speakers' podium Tuesday at the Government Center - a redlight. "All you want to do is intimidate us," said Bert Coker, a frequent visitor to the council. He pointed to the light and said, "That contraption there is intimidation."
The redlight, with bright red, yellow and green lights similar to a traffic light, was positioned on a table near a monitor in the council chambers. It returns a week after, council members said they favored some type of visual reminder for people coming before the 10 member board.
A five minute rule is in effect but many speakers ignore the limit or constantly exceed their time on a topic. The traffic light works with a timer, moving from green at the start of a speech, then yellow and flashes red when five minutes are up.
City Manager Isaiah Hugley is working on other recommendations to help move the meetings along.
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"It's permanent," Clerk of Council Tiny Washington said of the new redlight gadget unless council decides to change it.