Some seem to think that Jean Robb disrupting commission meetings is a new thing, and that it is in reaction to the current commissioners' actions.
Nothing could be further from the truth. If you read the minutes below you will see that in 1991 Robb was saying that the commissioners were out to get her, and that she was causing so many problems with her interruptions that the commission had to pass a resolution to stop her.
(Editor: Emphasis mine)
Here are excerpts from the minutes of the November 5, 1991 Deerfield Beach Commission meeting:
Commissioner Benjamin Budd
Commissioner Albert R Capellini
Commissioner Joseph Tractenberg
Vice Mayor Carl Nixon
Mayor Jean M Robb
Mayor Robb read a prepared statement about the proposed resolution on this agenda concerning interruptions during Commission meetings.
She said it was time to acknowledge the Commission found the subject a very serious matter that had to be considered.
She said she apologized for all the times she interrupted she added her interruptions were not intended to be mean spirited but due to her becoming passionately involved in the discussions.
She said she would make every effort to do better. She added she did not wish to be faulted for writing too many memos doing her homework or looking into too many facets of government.
… AMEND RULES OF PROCEDURE FOR COMMISSION MEETINGS
Mayor Robb said she objected to a proposed resolution to amend the rules of procedure for Commission meetings. She said she did not really object to the section about not interrupting but did object to requiring a motion to add any item individually to the agenda.
City Attorney Maurodis said it would not apply to comments and discussion items only to items that would constitute Commission action. Mayor Robb asked who requested the change. Commissioner Capellini said he requested it. He said several times items were added without the Commission having an opportunity to study the material. He cited an example of Mayor Robb handing out material at the meeting. Mayor Robb said she had done that and would again in this meeting hand out information. She objected to the Commission not voting on her material just because they did not have time to read it. She called it stupidity to require a motion to add items for a vote. Vice Mayor Nixon called the resolution a power structure.
Mayor Robb said it was an effort to get her.
Vice Mayor Nixon said if the majority of the Commission voted for the resolution he would abide by it. Commissioner Tractenberg said the resolution would only require a statement to be made by the one bringing up an item to be added describing its content and getting a motion approved to discuss it. He said the single family homeowners had often complained they did not like items added to the agenda without notice to them. Mayor Robb said the Commission was ganging up on her. She said it was absurd. She asked what the penalty was for an interruption.
City Attorney Maurodis read a proposed resolution in written form by title only as follows:
RESOLUTION NO 1991C 146
PROVISION PROHIBITING ANY COMMISSIONER FROM INTERRUPTING ANOTHER COMMISSIONER WHILE SAID COMMISSIONER IS SPEAKING DURING A CITY
COMMISSION MEETING AND AMENDING SECTION 62 OF RESOLUTION NO 1984 RELATING TO ADDING ITEMS TO THE AGENDA TO REQUIRE A SPECIFIC VOTE ON EACH ITEM.
Which was introduced by Commissioner Tractenberg- Roll call showed:
YEAS - Commissioners Budd Capellini and Tractenberg
NAYS - Vice Mayor Nixon and Mayor Robb
Wording of the Resolution:
WHEREAS the City Commission of the City of Deerfield Beach wishes to ensure orderly conduct of its meetings - NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF DEERFIELD BEACH FLORIDA AS FOLLOWS:
INTERRUPTION - Any Commissioner recognized to speak by the chair shall be permitted to continue speaking without interruption from any other Commissioner until said Commissioner yields the floor.
The order of business of each meeting shall be as contained in the agenda prepared under the direction of the City Manager. The agenda shall be a listing by topic of subjects to be considered by the Commission and shall be delivered to members of the Commission each Friday preceding the meeting to which it pertains.
No item may be added to the agenda except after a specific statement as to the nature of the item and the necessity for prompt action and after a majority vote in favor of adding that specific item to the agenda
ADOPTED THIS 31st DAY OF NOVEMBER, 1991