Workshop time could change


Workshop time could change


Date: February 25, 2011
by: Kurt Schultheis | City Editor


Town Manager Bruce St. Denis is inquiring whether the Town Commission is interested in moving the regular workshop time from 1 p.m. to noon.

In a letter to commissioners from St. Denis this week, he explains that there was consensus to have brief departmental presentations at upcoming workshop meetings to provide an overview of departmental functions, as well as to assist in the budget planning process.

“In order to schedule all presentations within a timeframe to be useful for budget considerations, we would need to schedule two per workshop meeting beginning with the March 24 regular workshop,” St. Denis wrote.

The commission requested that each presentation be about 20 to 30 minutes, allowing for questions, effectively adding an hour to each regular workshop.

“I am asking if the Town Commission would be interested in beginning the workshop meetings at noon in order to provide an hour for the department presentations, then the workshop meeting could begin at 1:00 PM,” St. Denis wrote.

St. Denis will bring up the suggestion at the commission’sregular meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, March 7.

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Currently 2 Responses

  • 1.
  • Conversation can always fill a void, but the oh-so-very restrictive Florida Sunshine laws require two or more Commissioners to discuss topics "in the sunshine". Perhaps if they restricted the public to 3 minutes, and no more than 9 minutes on a particular topic - AND to write out comments and submit them in advance, then the Commissioners could at least know what was on the public's minds before meetings, and an extra hour or so of "face" time could be dedicated to actually discussing questions, and ideas brought forward. Same should apply to consultants and long winded staff - make the hours together actually count - otherwise, balogna sandwiches and school milk cartons for seven - Bruce can afford to bring his own lunch.
  • John Wild
    Sun 27th Feb 2011
    at 12:43pm
  • 2.
  • This proposal sounds like another excuse for Bruce to order a free lunch for staff and Commissioner's during the workshops along with the free dinner's that the taxpayer's are already paying.
  • George McFarland
    Fri 25th Feb 2011
    at 2:02pm
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