The protocol for a public meeting is quite simple. After the business portion of the meeting (which usually lasts around 30 minutes), the meeting goes into “public session.” At this point, residents raise their hand and, when they’re called upon by the chair, they proceed to the lectern / microphone, sign in, state their name and address (“North Brunswick” is satisfactory), and state their business. Members of the public are limited to five minutes. Time is kept, but only the time the resident speaks is counted against their time. In other words, if you ask a question and a councilman takes 10 minutes to respond, this time doesn’t count against you.
After all members of public who desire to make comment have been initially recognized then any member of the public who has previously spoken may speak again upon being recognized by the presiding officer for up to 2 additional 5-minute periods for a total of 15 minutes.