Jeremy's Notebook

Working it Out at the Workshop

February 6, 2013

city councilThe Pensacola City Council will hold a workshop tomorrow to go over the body’s rules and procedures. Specific topics on the agenda include an overview of legislative parliamentary procedure and the nature and conduct of committee meetings.

To assist in the workshop, the city council has enlisted attorney Doug Sale. It’s the same attorney who was tapped to work for the Community Redevelopment Agency in 2011 before heading home after telling council “you have got some issues that must be resolved in this city before something much more serious than hiring a little ol’ lawyer from Panama City comes before you.”

During tomorrow’s workshop, the council will also discuss proposed changes to the rules and procedures. The changes are being proposed by Councilman Charles Bare.

Bare is suggesting that council establish five specialized committees and scrap the current committee of the whole structure. He has argued that such a move would make the council more efficient.

The councilman outlines five committees in a Dec. 10 email: Audit/Budget, Enterprise, Rules/Boards and Intergovernmental Relations, Public Safety and Neighborhood Services, and Economic Development. Each committee would consist of three members.

Tomorrow’s city council workshop is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Pensacola City Hall.

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