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Meeting schedule change worth trying

December 1, 2012
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Cape Coral City Council has agreed to a six-month experiment with its meeting calendar.

In a return to a similar schedule used more than four years ago, all meetings will be voting meetings, with alternate weeks earmarked primarily as workshop sessions.

Council has been alternating workshop, or non-voting meetings, with meetings at which votes can be taken. Some say this has caused difficulties when urgent matters arise, particularly during months that contain a holiday, or when there is an urgent matter requiring a quick council decision.

Plainly put, following that protocol meant that for five months of the year, council technically had only one voting meeting in that month.

The new schedule, which council will try for six months, continues the workshops but also allows council to vote on items that are either urgent or simple day-to-day operational matters that require a council yea or nay.

We think it's a good plan, and we thank Councilmember Rana Erbrick for bringing it forward.

Properly implemented, it should not limit citizen input as some fear, but rather enhance it provided the agendas plainly delineate the type of council action to be taken in advance.

The new schedule also provides the flexibility council needs to efficiently address city business.

Sounds like a win-win to us.

- Breeze editorial

 
 

 

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