Geneva's Committee of the Whole meetings are on the move starting in June.
The meetings, which were previously held on the second and fourth Mondays of each month, will now be scheduled on the first and third Mondays of each month following the conclusion of the regularly scheduled 7 p.m. City Council meetings. The Committee of the Whole is comprised of City Council members who use the meeting to discuss City business appearing on the agenda. The action items then move to the City Council meeting for official approval.
For example under the new format, items appearing on Monday's, June 3 Committee of the Whole agenda will now have two weeks before being voted on by the City Council on Monday, June 17. The basis for the schedule change is in keeping with the City's strategic plan to seek opportunities to increase transparency, solicit feedback and to educate community members.
The move also provides schedule flexibility for:
- Elected officials who regularly engage with community members outside of meetings; and
- The City to hold informal policy discussions or special Committee of the Whole meetings to focus on larger topics during the second and fourth Mondays of the month if needed.
The Committee of The Whole change is being done on a trial basis for the remainder of 2018. The City Council will determine in November whether to maintain the trial schedule or revert back to the original schedule (alternating weeks between City Council and Committee of the Whole) for the year 2020.
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