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|City Council to Try Out Changes to Meeting Structure
|FIRST REPORTED 1:00pm 1/12/10 It's official -- at least for the next couple of meetings, the Galesburg City Council will try a different meeting structure to see how they might like it.
The City announced Monday that for both council meetings in February, both will start at 6:30 p-m, the first meeting of the month will be an actual meeting, while the second meeting will simply be a work session, in order to see if that's a more permanent structure they'd like to go to in the future.
City Manager Dane Bragg told aldermen at their last meeting that the idea was something that has been on his plate for awhile.
Fifth Ward Alderman Karen Lafferty says she has no problem meeting earlier. "I'd like to go with an earlier time," Lafferty said. "I realize that people work, but our staff doesn't usually go home between their hours and the city council meetings. I just think that we might get a little more attendance if we started the meeting a little earlier."
At least one alderman, however, was somewhat opposed to the move. First Ward Alderman Ken Goad says there's one main thing he doesn't like about the changes -- the time.
"For well over a hundred years, council meetings have been at 7:30," Goad said. "I think it's a good tradition to have. Some people work until 5, 6, 7:00, and perhaps they would like to come to a council meeting. If we change them to 6:30, we're going to exclude people. I know there are people that work odd shifts, odd hours now, but I think this tradition of 100 years or more should be maintained."
The first meeting of the month would continue to be broadcast on local cable television and originate from council chambers; however, the second meeting of the month -- the work session only meeting -- likely would not, because it would be in the Erickson Conference room.
The smaller space for the second work session would also make it next to impossible for the public to attend what would be an open meeting.
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