Eight Meetings? What?
This schedule puts a big strain on councilwatchers who may have other things to do in December, including holiday observances.
Earlier this year, the City Council agreed to hold just one agenda-fixing session and one regular meeting per month, down from two agenda-fixing and two regular meetings as per the traditional schedule.
Now budget concerns have apparently added intensity to the December schedule.
According to a legal notice, there will be four budget sessions and one on the capital budget in December.
Curiously, the City Council had scheduled a series of budget meetings in early spring, although budget information for the year beginning July 1 would not have been known by that time.
It remains to be seen what the governing body and its Citizens Advisory Committee will come up with to trim costs for the budget year that began July 1, 2009.
Plaintalker's gratuitous advice is to stop adding food to every public occasion and not to let new patronage jobs turn up at City Hall since the incumbents won.