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La Crosse looks at changes to Common Council

Published On: Aug 28 2013 11:17:46 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 29 2013 07:04:25 AM CDT
LA CROSSE, WI -

The La Crosse City council is once again considering changes that could eliminate some committee meetings, but add another.

The Council is considering an idea to drop to the two standing committee meetings which are Finance-Personnel and Judiciary-Administrative. Instead, they would address their business at the Committee of the Whole meeting.

The idea is to streamline a council process that can be repetitive and slow for members and the public. "Especially for the public or for businesses that have to go through the number of hoops, if we can reduce that, that's going to make us a more effective organization and be more responsive to people, especially if they've got requests," said Mayor Tim Kabat.

The city is also considering adding a meeting. It would be a policy meeting where members could discuss issues and talk about the current state of the council without having to debate or vote.

"What we're trying to get at here is allowing this body of people, 17 people that are elected by the community to spend some time discussing, planning, and learning from one another, we don't do that," said Council President Dick Swantz.

The idea is being presented to both standing committees which will give their reaction and recommendation to the full council next month.

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