It was reassuring yesterday to hear that the council seems to be OK with leaving public as is at the regular 7 PM meeting and expanding it at the informational and other committee meetings. I was unable to attend due to the 3 PM time of the working session, but I had told Neitzert earlier in the day some of my concerns and Bruce also raised some concerns.
It looks like now it will go to the operations committee to tie up loose ends and they will move forward with a resolution before July 1st. It looks as though input will remain the same at the 7 PM and 15 minutes will be added to the end of other council meetings for public input, or as time allows.
Councilor Brekke was also adamant that no matter what state law says about the chair’s powers that council policy will override the chair’s ability to limit public input due to the fact Sioux Falls has a home rule charter. It has been refreshing to hear Janet’s ‘Legal’ input since our double-dipping, retired, contract for hire attorney couldn’t answer the ‘what if’ questions.