Years ago, the people could speak on agenda items AFTER hearing why the sponsor has the item on the agenda. Then the Council discussed the issue and then it was opened to the people. This way everyone knew what was going on and we had meaningful discussions. Also, the Councilors had ALL the facts in order to render a decision before voting. Decisions are being made by the Town Council now without having all the facts on many items. This leads to poor decisions.
The Agenda would look like this:
1. CALL TO ORDER & PLEDGE TO FLAG
2. ROLL CALL
3. GOOD NEWS & RECOGNITION
4. PUBLIC HEARINGS
5. CONSENT AGENDA
6. COUNCIL ORDERS, RESOLUTION FOR AGENDA ITEMS
7. OTHER BUSINESS
8. NEW BUSINESS
9. COUNCIL COMMUNICATIONS
11. EXECUTIVE SESSIONS
This Agenda eliminates both Audience Participation & Response for Agenda items and Audience Participation & Response and replaces “New Business”. This agenda will provide meaningful dialog for all and increase the chance of all the facts coming out. Councilors will have all available facts in order to render better decisions.