All jammed a council meeting to discuss a 13-point code of conduct that's as harsh as it may be illegal, according to legal experts.
While council was supposed to discuss the code, as advertised, instead, no public comment was accepted and elected leaders rammed forward and voted on the measures.
The code of conduct passed, with one dissenting vote cast by Julanne Skinner.
Solicitor Marion O'Malley said she was confident the code would withstand a legal challenge.
The measure goes as far as to restrict camera operators from standing by their equipment, requires the use of tripods, mandates speakers live in Montrose, sets three minute public comment caps, sets rules for recording devices, states no audio recorders be concealed, prohibits the placement of microphones on the council table and the recording of anything before and after the council meeting.
Eyewitness News contacted the ACLU prior to Tuesday night's meeting. Mary Catherine Roper, a staff attorney, said some of the rules go too far. She called the code of conduct "wacky."
O'Malley, a part-time assistant district attorney for Susquehanna County according to DA Jason Legge, refused to answer questions on camera.
Eyewitness News has left several messages for O'Malley since last week's meeting, when council members stormed out of a meeting because members of the public showed up with cameras.
Council President Tom LaMont, too, refused to answer questions. He said in the 15 years he's been elected, he never talks to reporters.
For as harsh as council was with its code of conduct, it would seem good conduct went out the window when two councilmen, Sean Granahan and Craig Reimel exited the borough building.
Caught on camera, Granahan shoved an Eyewitness News reporter who was attempting to ask the elected leader a question about the meeting. Following that, Reimel body-checked the same reporter and attempted to trip him.
Police later identified the councilmen to Eyewitness News after reviewing the video.
Montrose Police Sergeant John Walker took a police report of the incident. It's unclear if the pair will face charges. Another news crew from Binghamton was taping as the scuffle occurred. Eyewitness News is working to obtain that video.
Another meeting is set for Monday.