CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – At their work session on February 6, 2016, City Council discussed potential revisions to procedures to help ensure more efficient Council meetings while also expanding the opportunity to hear from a variety of citizens during public comment.
- Publicly post Council’s governing procedures on the City’s website in a prominent location
Closer adherence to Robert’s Rules of Order in deliberations, including through formal motions and discussion periods
Incorporate most work sessions into the second Council meeting each month
Allot a maximum of 20 minutes for presentation and discussion of most agenda items
Limit most Councilor comments to 3 minutes, the same limit as comments by members of the public
Establish new guidelines for Councilor inquiries to City staff, in order to improve operational efficiencies
Expand opportunities to speak during the first public comment period by allowing requests in advance by email and and/or telephone, which will be chosen through a random selection process for speaking slots and a wait-list