Over the course of 3 Committee meetings in July, August and September City Council spent a total of 8 hours in Committee session (1st Wednesday of each month). That time doesn’t count their hours spent in the Full Council Business meetings (3rd Wednesday of each month) or in joint Planning Commission meetings or in any of the many other public engagements that they get asked to attend. The Committee meetings are City Council’s main work sessions where they listen to presentations from staff, discuss policy matters, take comments from the public and make a recommendation for a vote. If you want a snapshot of the most pressing policy issues in our community you don’t have to look any further than the Committee meeting agendas.
For example, even though the 3rd Quarter was in the middle of summer nearly 50% of City Council’s time in Committee was devoted to sidewalk snow removal issues. In the end Council voted a number of new initiatives to try to address resident frustrations with last year’s snow piles on the corners of intersections and lack of shoveled walks along our primary pedestrian routes.
The second largest category capturing Council’s attention was City finances, which given our current financial stress shouldn’t be a surprise. The good news is that much of the time spent in Committee during the 3rd Quarter was seeking Council approval for a number of grant applications that were intended to try to ease our immediate financial demands by finding supplemental dollars to do the work for us.
Here’s a look at the 3rd Quarter Council Activity summary spreadsheet: Click Here to Open the Spreadsheet