It’s a quality of life issue, not for elected politicians but for city staff, that is one of the reasons given for looking at switching city council meetings from Monday to Tuesday’s in Calgary.
City council has two to three meetings a month and what’s been occurring is that councillors dive into their agenda’s on Sunday to prepare and if there are questions, city staff get phone calls on their days off.
City manager Jeff Fielding and the Mayor asked for a couple of scenario’s to be drawn up for next year’s meetings that include council on Monday and council on Tuesday.
The Mayor says he can live with whatever day the meeting is held.
Some councillor’s though are concerned with the move to Tuesday saying it pushes back other meetings to later in the week and impacts their ability to get out into their communities and also any provincial committee meetings they attend.
City council held its last organizational meeting before next year’s election.
The meetings are held every year at this time and it is where council appoints members of the public to various boards.
While council spends hours appointing citizens to various boards, hashing out the pros and cons of those willing to volunteer, it only takes minutes to appoint their own members to what are called the standing policy committees.
A lot of it is inside baseball but council members list their preferences to get on the various committees such as transportation, utilities, planning and community services.
With the election a year away, it’s also an opportunity for councillors to try and steer direction on the committees.
Longest serving member, Ray Jones says you shouldn’t read too much into who’s on which committee and whether the meetings will get bogged down because of grandstanding in anticipation of the next election.
He says most meetings get bogged down anyway.