Damon Dillard speaks during the public comment part of the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday at Shawnee Park Center in Cape Girardeau.

Sarah Yenesel

The Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center Board of Trustees heard from the public at its monthly meeting Tuesday under a new protocol aimed at minimizing audience disruptions seen at PHC’s monthly meetings in July and August.

Under a policy guideline adopted at the September meeting, which was held virtually, speakers were limited to three minutes and their remarks were timed by a countdown clock visible to all present.

Before PHC chairman John Freeze called the meeting to order, Jackson resident Damon Dillard asked the crowd of approximately 40 people to be “courteous and quiet” until the board dispensed with its announced agenda.

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