City’s Transportation and Utilities committees to most likely combine

March 27, 2013

By Staff

New on March 27, 3:30 p.m.

The city’s four council committees appear poised to turn into three.
Discussed at the March 26 Whole of the Council committee meeting as members looked through recommendations from the Services and Safety Committee on how to more efficiently structure the government, the five present council members all voiced their initial support for folding the Transportation and Utilities committees together.

Committee Chair Fred Butler asked each council member for his or her opinion; all answered positively. Present members included Joe Forkner, Stacy Goodman, Tola Marts, Paul Winterstein and Butler.

The remaining two regular committees, Land and Shore, and Service and Safety, remain steadily busy and would not benefit from further consolidation, Goodman said. The Transportation and Utilities committees, on the other hand, contained enough overlap between their two agendas to bring them together. Goodman said issues of economic vitality would be dealt with by the Services and Safety Committee, should the recommendation be passed by the council.

Listed on the April 1 regular council meeting as an agenda bill, action may be taken as soon as then. The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at 135 E. Sunset Way.

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