Citing lack of respect, Kingston drafts code of civil conduct

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Kingston officials say they want to restore community spirit and mutual respect in the town’s public spaces by adopting a code of civil conduct for public meetings and other interactions between town representatives and the public.

“You can’t do the town’s business if you’re having shouting matches,” Selectwoman Sandra MacFarlane said last week.

Officials said the code would be a written statement of behavioral standards applying to all government boards and any interactions between the representatives of the town and the public. It would demand that town officials and employees behave in ways that are professional, courteous, and appropriate. It would also call on members of the public to behave civilly and respectfully toward town representatives and toward one another in town government settings.

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