Monday, February 18, 2008

Council Mulls Calendar - Again

Once again, the City Council will take up the question of when to meet in 2008.

The calendar is among items to be discussed at the agenda-fixing session at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 19, 2008) in City Hall Library.

The issue is whether to retain the Monday-Wednesday calendar adopted in 2006 or to revert to the traditional Mondays-only calendar. Those who favor the former say they like the weeks off that the calendar affords by having meetings in just one or two weeks per month. Advocates of the latter schedule say it is easier on the City Clerk’s office to have the meetings spread out with a full week between to prepare documents. The Monday-Wednesday schedule gives the clerk’s office barely more than a day to turn around results of the agenda-fixing session for the regular meeting.

The matter was on the Feb. 4 agenda, but City Council President Harold Gibson ordered it pulled.

Council members agreed there is a consensus to go back to the old schedule. Given that it has to be changed by ordinance on two readings with another 20 days before final passage, the schedule now most likely will not kick in until April.

Last year, the council never reached agreement to change and kept the Monday-Wednesday calendar all year long, even though members said it did not work well in 2006.

--Bernice Paglia


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