First there was yet another presentation on insurance strategies to save money. This should have been an informational discussion item at an agenda-fixing session. It turns out both this and a prior presentation came about at the behest of a resident who met with Council President Rashid Burney.
Then there was an overview of the budget amendments before their introduction, as reported in the blog post below.
The agenda started out with mostly consent items to be passed in one vote, but both residents and council members asked to have numerous resolutions removed for roll-call votes. Among the controversial items were ongoing questions about the mayor's banner in front of City Hall, the format for downtown music concerts and a resolution seeking to deny Solaris $170 million in debt relief until all city issues on the Muhlenberg closing are resolved.
Public comment took up another chunk of time, some of it being relevant to the matters at hand and some being set speeches that speakers offer at every meeting lately. Adjournment did not come until 11 p.m.
Someone called this writer at home at 11:45 p.m., delaying the one blog post I was able to squeeze out before falling asleep at the computer. The other stories will have to wait.