Archive for Wednesday, October 30, 2002

Council may alter meeting time

October 30, 2002

City council meetings will remain the second and fourth Mondays of each month.

What time those meetings start, however, may be subject to change on occasion.

City officials wrote a letter to Superintendent Richard Erickson last month urging the school board to change its meeting day. The school board meets on the second Monday of each month, causing a conflict if Tonganoxie residents want to attend both.

On Monday, the council decided to maintain its usual meeting days, but decided to change its starting time if there's a pressing matter.

"It may be in our best interest when budget hearings are on the same night," said Kathy Bard, assistant city administrator.

If residents want to attend both meetings, they can request a change and the council will change its meeting time, Bard said.

The decision came after Erickson replied to the council's letter. In the letter, Erickson said a change in the day would conflict with other school activities.

The school board considered moving meetings to the third Monday, but that caused issues with paying bills. Erickson instead suggested that board meeting's start at 6:30 p.m. and council meetings at 8 p.m. so residents can attend much of both meetings.

For now, the council will stay with its regular meeting time of 7 p.m., the same as the school board. When a change in time is warranted, the council will post the change at city hall and announce the change at the previous meeting.

"That seems more logical," said council member Steve Gumm.

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