Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Lake Worth Herald editorial: time to re-arrange the city agenda

Timely and it can't happen soon enough. Below is an excerpt from The Lake Worth Herald this week about changing the City Agenda to better get done the important business of the City. There are many good reasons for making this change; just one is city staff, some of whom have been working all day, will be more alert and better able to communicate information to the City Commission and the public.

Here is the excerpt from the Herald:
     City Attorney Glen Torcivia threw out a suggestion to re-arrange the City Commission Agenda by moving the “Commission Liaison Reports and Comments” and “Public Participation of Non-agenda Items and Consent Agenda” to take place after the business of the Commission has been completed. [emphasis added]
     This will receive resistance from some of those attending the meetings because they will have to wait until later in the evening to have their say. There will still be public comment on each agenda item as they are being considered by the commission so it would only affect those with something to say about items the commission is not considering during the meeting, and items on the consent agenda which receive no comment or discussion. Consent agenda items for which the commission wishes discussion are pulled and made part of the meeting’s business. 
     This re-ordering of events will bring Lake Worth back to previous ordering and it is the common ordering in most other municipalities. 
     Taking care of business first will allow the commission to consider things before they are exhausted and fresher minds make better decisions.
Let the hysteria begin! This is going to be fun to watch, folks.