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Residents object to proposed board procedures in Mathews

Residents packed the historic courthouse for Tuesday’s meeting of Mathews County Board of Supervisors meeting, with many of them there to object to proposed changes to the board’s rules of procedure for meetings.

Seven people addressed the board concerning the matter, their remarks repeatedly met with applause and comments of approval from a large contingent of audience members.

In the end, the board voted to hold a work session to address issues brought up during the meeting, but no date was established. Supervisors also tabled any decision on its code of ethics for 30 days and on the rules of procedure for 60 days.

From complaints about overreach and intimidation to suggestions that the proposed rules were illegal, residents let the board know they weren’t happy about what was being considered.

Byron Rauch of Diggs objected to a proposed rule that would allow removal of an audience member who disrupts a meeting “including but not limited to applause, cheer...

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