I have been told by several people that this Monday's council meeting will be eventful and long, so I have postponed my water aerobics class and stocked up on Tang in preparation for a marathon blogging session in a room that is sure to have a malfunctioning air conditioner. Hopefully the seminar on how the Iraq war affects city government will not run late, and we can start on time.
To see the full agenda, click HERE.
The first item of business is the "final" report from the finance committee giving their recommendations for the budget. This is a statutory requirement more than anything else, because the details of the budget have been argued in committee and over glasses of White Zinfandel for quite some time. (Plus they are voting on the budget in th same meeting!) However, the relevant portion of the code that I found says that the Finance Committee must report no later than the second Monday in May, so maybe they just thought the meeting wouldn't be long enough.
Before we get any further along, I have a major announcement: WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A NEW SISTER CITY! If you are like me, you have been dreaming for the day when our relationship with Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil would be solidified by resolution. So, why is this city becoming a sister city? Because Alderman Shropshire visited there.*
Here are some other things the council will be legislating on Monday:
-budget (final vote)
-O-33-07 and CA-02-07, making changes to the election code
-vote on CA to change responsibilities of the city administrator