The City Council plans to start meeting only twice per month on a trial basis. The meeting that normally would have been held last week, on the second Tuesday of the month, was canceled.
The Council discussed the change at its retreat in February, said Alexandra Sheeks, assistant to the city manager.
Council meetings often run longer than expected, with the Council taking a vote after 10 p.m. to decide whether to continue the meeting. The most recent meeting, on March 4, lasted until 11:15 p.m. At three of the seven Council meetings this year, the Council hasn’t completed everything on the agenda.
Will meeting less often make it harder for the Council to get everything done?
“We’ve talked about that with the Council. That’s always a possibility,” Sheeks said. “Last week was a pretty meaty agenda.”
Alternatively, the change might make the Council and city staff more efficient during meetings, she said. It will also save staff time during normal work hours.
“It gives us basically more time to focus on other priorities rather than preparing for Council meetings,” she said.
In neighboring cities, the Bothell City Council and the Kenmore City Council meet three times per month, whereas the Kirkland City Council meets twice per month.