Council Meeting Tonight
Tonight’s City Council Meeting starts at 6:30pm at 421 Main Street. The meeting agenda can be found here.
Of particular interest on tonight’s agenda are:
(1) a request to approve additional $99,200 from the Emergency Reserve Fund to pay a consultant to evaluate trash franchise haulers and draft an agreement (R3_Consulting_Request for Use of Emergency Reserve Funding), bringing the total cost of the consultant to $113,700;
(2) consideration of a deficit reduction plan that will severely impact the availability of General Fund revenues for services such as Police and Fire (Budget_Deficit_Reduction_Plan);
(3) consideration of a request for proposals to contract out City Attorney Services (Request_for_City_Attorney_Proposals); and
(4) Councilmember Ritter’s request for an update on Fire Station 5’s mold remediation costs, including the costs for the trailer as well as the funding source and the term of the agreement. There is no staff report for this item, so we have no idea what inspired it or what her concerns might be.
If you’ve never attended a council meeting before, please know that there are typically plenty of seats, and you can come and go as you like (in case you can’t make it until after 6:30 and really don’t want to hang around until 11pm!). It’s okay to just come and observe — no need to speak unless you are so inclined. However, if you do wish to address the Council, there are speaker cards in the back of the chambers, and it’s as easy as filling out two fields and placing it in a basket.
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