Simpsonville to enforce 'decorum' rule at council meetings
Dozens of people hold signs protesting the firing of Keith Grounsell during a Simpsonville City Council meeting. (Jan. 22, 2013/FOX Carolina)
SIMPSONVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -
Simpsonville leaders said they will begin enforcing the "decorum" rule at City Council meetings, beginning with the meeting scheduled for Tuesday.
Since the firing of Police Chief Keith Grounsell at the end of December, council meetings have featured dozens of people holding signs in protest of the firing.
Grounsell has claimed that he was let go because he tried to clean up the department, but Simpsonville Mayor Perry Eichor said the decision was made because Grounsell was not a good fit and failed to work well with the city's administration.
The decision to enforce the decorum ordinance, came just days after Eichor said most of those who are vocal about Grounsell's firing are not citizens of Simpsonville.
According to the rule, only people who own property or have a business license in the city may appear before the City Council.
The rule also requires people who want to appear before the council to notify the clerk by noon the Wednesday before a meeting happens. Comments to the council are limited to four minutes. The rule allows people who are not on the agenda to address the council if they sign in 10 minutes before the meeting. Their comments are limited to two minutes.
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