Mayor proposes change to council meetings

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Updated: 8/23/2013 8:44 pm
Thursday's council meeting was an all-nighter. It started at 6:15 and ended after 11:30 at night. It wasn't the first such marathon since the change from daytime sessions about a year ago. 

With 25 residents addressing council, citizens' comments took about two hours. Mayor Robertson said evening meetings are a success as far as getting public input, but said paying employees to stay through meetings running so late is part of the downside.

"Another thing is we've got committees giving us reports and they're sitting there in the chamber for hours and we're keeping them up 'til midnight," Robertson said. "So that, coupled with the fact that I wonder how sharp we are at 11 o'clock at night discussing important city matters, I just think we're to the point we need to discuss this."

Mayor Robertson asked the city attorney to look into whether council can keep public comment sessions on Thursday nights then recess until taking up the regular agenda on Friday mornings.

He said at the next city council meeting he could propose some kind of schedule change.
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rdsjw967 - 8/24/2013 5:57 PM
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You should be just as sharp as anyone working a night shift. This the most pathatic excuse for not wanting to do the job you were elected to do. When you have such a mess as the council has created, its going to take alot more hours than 5 or 6 to straighten out. Quit whining and do the job or get out!! the

Liberty Seeker - 8/23/2013 9:57 PM
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I have a proposal that could speed things up a little. You can put a 4 minute cap on each citizen statement, but that also means a 4 minute cap on any comments made by each government employee, contractor, etc. By getting rid of long winded politician monologues, things can get done.
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