South Portland City Council may end Monday meetings

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SOUTH PORTLAND — After decades of meeting on Monday nights, the Town Council may change its schedule.
 
City Manager Scott Morelli said Wednesday he floated the idea to councilors after they expressed concern that receiving agendas and supporting documents on Friday afternoons leaves limited time to review materials before meetings.
 
The council typcially has two Monday meetings and two Monday workshops each month.
 
Morelli suggested the council consider meeting on Tuesdays or Wednesdays, not only to provide more time to review the agenda, but also because the School Board also meets on Monday nights and the city can only broadcast one meeting at a time.
 
Mondays are additionally problematic, the city manager said, because many holidays fall on Mondays, and meetings on those nights have to be rescheduled.
 
The Planning Board meets on Tuesday nights, and this week Planning and Development Director Tex Haeuser asked members what their thoughts were about moving their meeting time to accommodate the council.
 
Some members said Wednesday nights may work with their schedule.
 
Morelli said public input will be sought on the proposal. The council will discuss the matter at its next workshop, and may vote on it in January. 
 
If approved, the schedule change could be implemented as soon as February, he said.
 
The city manager noted approval isn’t a sure thing. While some people may see the merit in rearranging the meeting schedule, he said, others prefer familiarity and believe “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.” 

Juliette Laaka can be reached at 781-3661 ext., 106 or at jlaaka@theforecaster.net.

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