Friday, March 1, 2013

Mountain Express: Sun Valley Council Meetings Face 9 P.M. Curfew, Even With Unresolved Items

Posted By on Fri, Mar 1, 2013 at 9:26 AM

Sun Valley officials are set to turn the lights off and head home after 9 p.m., no matter if the public testimony is pending or votes on important measures are still unresolved.

This morning's Idaho Mountain Express reports that the Sun Valley City Council unanimously approved a resolution Feb. 24 that "forces a stop to council meetings that go past 9 p.m. The resolution also states that regular meetings will start at 4 p.m., an hour earlier than before."

The Mountain Express reports that "once the clock strikes nine, a meeting must end after the council finishes conducting business on the current agenda item." All remaining items would be pushed to a future meeting.

The change comes in the wake of a Feb. 7 City Council meeting that lasted seven hours. To date, 2013 meetings have averaged six hours and 24 minutes.

"My objection is we're frequently woefully inefficient," Sun Valley Councilwoman Michelle Griffith said when voting for the change.

The Mountain Express reports that the discussion over the time change lasted 35 minutes.

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