The Caddo Parish Commission makes changes to how future public hearings will be conducted.
This comes after a citizen sent in a complaint about wheelchair access.
Commissioners held a meeting Thursday to discuss how to handle when people approach members at their chairs during public hearings. They said a wheelchair-bound person wanted to shake hands with elected officials during a previous meeting, but could not get over the step on the floor. But the podium can be accessed by a wheelchair.
Commissioners said they did not want to exclude people but it made them consider their own safety in this situation.
“It made us realize we had an area that just had not been addressed. It’s an area that should not be addressed by the citizens unless you are invited to that area. It’s an area for elected officials and staff only,” said Stormy Gage-Watts, Caddo Parish Commission District 7.
Commissioners decided to place signs inside the council area so no member of the public can walk up to where members sit unless they are staff or formally invited. In the future, members said they will walk down to the floor area to talk to people one-on-one after meetings.