Lansing City Council Meetings On Ballot To Be Cut

By: Hannah Saunders Email
By: Hannah Saunders Email

Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope has been studying other City Council structures for years, and says it's time to lower the required amount of meetings for Lansing's City Council from 50 to 26.

"There's times when we meet and there isn't much business to be done, so we're just meeting to put a check mark on the calendar," said Swope.

His idea to cut meetings won't save the city a lot of money, but he believes it will make the meetings more efficient, and less drawn out.

"In the summer months, there aren't a lot of things that are moving through the agendas, but when there are those things to move through, having a meeting every week makes sense," said City Council Member Carol Wood.

"They wouldn't have had an opportunity to have an agenda, to know the item was coming up and give us their pros and cons," Wood continued.

But Swope says, this will help by giving the council more flexibility with the schedule: "There's nothing in the proposal that prevents them from meeting every week. They can meet five times a week if they want."

To shed some more light on this issue, I dug up all of the Council's attendance records for the year so far.

The following are the number of meetings affected out of 28.

Kathie Dunbar-4
Derrick Quinney-3
Jessica Yorko-3
Tina Houghton-2
Jody Washington-1

Kathie Dunbar-11
Tina Houghton-9
A'Lynne Robinson-7
Derrick Quinney-5
Jessica Yorko-5
Jody Washington-5

Left Early:
A'Lynne Robinson-2
Kathie Dunbar-1
Tina Houghton-1

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