The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

June 13, 2014

Mayor, council get tight on meeting times

By Brenden West
Assistant Editor

CLINTON — There's nothing in writing, but after some long nights in council chambers, city leaders are looking to wrap up meetings a little sooner, lessening the burden on attendants who have recently spent as many as four hours at city hall on Tuesdays.

The Clinton City Council recently did away with its Rules and Regulations and Internal Operations subcommittees favoring to place those discussion items on the Committee of the Whole agenda. The directive started in April, and the council added a third independent COW to anticipate the influx of topics.

It also considerably lengthened the COWs. Both May regular meetings (starting at 7 p.m.) lasted until 11 p.m., prompting another topic: how best to shorten meetings.

"A majority of the council was feeling four hours was too long for a single meeting," Mayor Mark Vulich said, adding the current council meetings are the longest he's experienced since he assumed office.

The council mutually agreed on June 3 to enact an informal policy, self-imposing a 10 p.m. (or three-hour) deadline for meeting nights.

Read more in Saturday's edition of the Clinton Herald.