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City Council to take citizen comments off the air

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

The Lubbock City Council is making some changes to their meetings and these changes are leaving some residents furious. 

Lubbock City Council meetings air on the city TV channel and on the city website, and, until recently, included a portion of time dedicated to resident comments.

But a recent decision by the council has taken citizen comments off the air.

The issue has caused quite a stir for a handful of Lubbock residents who say, by not televising the citizen comments, prevents them from having a voice and documenting the public views.

Mikel Ward has been actively involved in the City Council meetings for nearly 25 years.

"It's basically, by it not being documented," said Ward. "It's like we weren't even there."

Mayor Glen Robertson said that the reason for keeping the citizen comments off air is to prevent people from using the time to promote personal issues.

"We wanted to remove the platform that other people were using to disseminate other information," Robertson said. "We don't want people using this platform other people are using to divert us from what we are doing."

Robertson said the council has decided to air the full council meeting tomorrow, including the citizen comments.

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