CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — Demonstrators have gathered outside Crown Point's
City Hall to protest their inability to make comments during meetings of
the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission.
They rallied against Crown Point Mayor David Uran, the chairman of the
commission who has said the public can comment only on agenda items during
the panel's meetings. Protesters chanted "King Uran, let us speak" during
the demonstration Wednesday.
Rudy Velasco of East Chicago and the group Citizens for Accessible
Transportation says that group and other advocates of disability rights
and accessible transportation have been denied the right to speak out
before the commission.
Uran tells The (Munster) Times his decision to limit comments to agenda
items was made so the NIRPC board can conduct its business.