Council Agenda Item

City Council Committees, Study Sessions, and Study Items


Department:City CouncilSponsors:Council Member Susan Paine, Council Member Diane Buckshnis



Proposal: Each week, when there is no committee meeting, the formal Council agenda will include at least one “Study Item” topic. These topics are meant for discussion purposes and not for deliberation or voting. This would alter the allowance of a study item to be voted upon. The regular schedule of the once-monthly Council Committee meeting would be retained. The hope of and presumed benefit of having a weekly “Study Item” on our agenda would include:

·              an additional opportunity for the full Council to ask questions prior to the topic reaching the full council at decision time,

·              providing an opportunity for the full Council to get an early preview of a major City project,

·              keep the existing Council Committee structure that allows for a deeper review that is topic specific,

·              improved community transparency, and

·              maybe some efficiencies for staff.