Revision of City Council Rules
|Meeting Date:||April 17, 2007||Primary Staff Contact:||Martha Bennett, Ann Seltzer|
|Contributing Departments:||Legal||Secondary Staff Contact:||Mike Franell, Richard Appicello|
|Approval:||Martha Bennett||Email:||email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Estimate Time:||20 minutes|
A committee of the City Council has been reviewing possible changes to the existing rules of the City Council since September 2006. Councilor Silbiger has requested that the January 2007 draft of these propose rules be considered by the Council. Once Council is ready to proceed, the Council Rules will need to be placed into an ordinance format to amend Chapter 2.04 of the Ashland Municipal Code.
|Staff Recommendation: |
Since all six Councilors attended the last Committee meeting, staff recommends that the full Council decide on the process for completing the revision of the Council Rules. Staff further recommends that the Council postpone consideration of the sections that relate to the role of Council liaisons (Section 11 in the attached drafts) until the Council committee on boards, commissions, and committees has completed its work.
An initial draft of revisions to the rules of the City Council was discussed at a Study Session on September 14, 2006. The Mayor formed a committee of the Council consisting, at that time, of Councilors Amarotico, Hardesty, and Silbiger. The Council discussed progress of the committee at its regular November 7, 2006 Council Meeting. Mayor Morrison replaced Councilor Amarotico, whose term had expired, with Councilor Hartzell on the committee on January 13, 2007.
Since September 2006, the committee has met seven times. At the February 1, 2007 meeting, all six members of the City Council attended. The committee has reviewed all of topics that were included in the initial draft and all of the topics in the existing Council rules at least once and in several cases, multiple times.
Based on Councilor Silbiger's request, I have attached the January 2007 revision, which was the basis for discussion at the February 1, 2007 meeting. That draft is attached on green colored paper. I have also attached the version that includes changes at that meeting, that draft is copied on pink paper. Staff has used the "compare" function in Microsoft Word, to show the differences between the two versions, and those highlights are included on the February 1, 2007 (pink) draft.
At the January 8, 2007 meeting, the Committee agreed to staff's request that the sections related to boards, commissions and committees be deferred until the Council committee on boards, commissions and committees finishes work. The Planning Commission has also been working on procedural items that might affect this section. After further review and discussion, staff recommends that Council also defer action on Section 11 of the attached drafts which relates to the role of Council liaisons. Similarly, this should be discussed after the Council committee on City advisory groups completes its work.
The issues that were subjects of substantial discussion by the committee working on the rules were:
|Related City Policies:|
Ashland City Charter, various sections.
Ashland Municipal Code 2.04 provisions would be revised by these draft rules
Click on the PDF file below to view the following attachments:
• January, 2007 draft of Council Rules
• February, 2007 draft of Council Rules
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