It takes a long time to do the city’s business

OlympiaMarch 13, 2014 

Boo to The Olympian editorial board for criticizing the length of Olympia City Council meetings. To shorten the meetings, the council would have to limit the number of agenda items per meeting. The result would be that action items would retreat farther and farther into the future. If it’s your action item, this doesn’t seem like the “transparency” the editorial promotes, nor is it responsive to citizen and city needs.

Or, the council could stop having so many public hearings. However, the public wants the opportunity to speak to issues prior to council action. The council could ditch the public communications portion of each meeting, saving up to 30 minutes or more. But the public wants the opportunity to speak about issues not on the council’s agenda.

Council members could have their conversations about agenda items off the dais and not in public meetings. Whoops, there goes that transparency again.

I often attend council meetings, and have had to stay up late to testify in a public hearing that didn’t start until after 10 p.m. or to hear council discussion of an item of concern to me. But I am not complaining.

I’m glad most members of the Olympia City Council are willing to take the necessary amount of time to do the city’s business thoughtfully and carefully.

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