2006 Council Announcements

October 3, 2006


Additional Announcements

Revised From September 21



A. Information Needed by Council Staff

1. Below is a list of ideas that may help streamline processes within the Council Office.  Would the Council be interested in any of these approaches?  Are there other ideas that Council Members would like to discuss?


A.    Subcommittee Process:

a.    Consider setting up a series of meetings within a two-month period, rather than setting up meetings one at a time.  This could save scheduling time, allow Council Members to plan further ahead, keep the issue fresh in everyone’s mind so that re-work can be avoided. 

b.    Consider having quarterly updates from Subcommittees listed on the announcements.  This could facilitate an opportunity for a check-in with the full Council and help determine whether the Subcommittee’s approach will have broad support from the Council. 

c.    Provide direction to staff on setting up the meetings – in some cases two Council Members are available on a number of dates, but it isn’t possible to find a date where all three are available in the near future.  Staff isn’t sure whether to go ahead and schedule with the two available, or wait until all three are available. 


B.    Legislative Action Process:

a.    Consider whether the Council would like to retain outside consulting or legal assistance on some Legislative Action items, in order to further refine, complete additional professional / specialized research, or actually get an ordinance prepared.

b.    Consider whether the Council would like to review quarterly or semi-annually a listing of outstanding Legislative Action items (we have a list of items adopted in the past that we need to bring to the Council for review.  At that time the Council could determine whether they would like more frequent updates.)

c.    Many years ago the Council process for Legislative Action items in the Council Office included obtaining the support of two additional Council Members in writing prior to advancing an item to the Council (for a total of three either sponsors or one sponsor and two supporters).  This approach did not violate the open meetings law, but seemed to provide the Council with information on the potential depth of support.


2. Council staff has coordinated the next quarterly luncheon meeting to take place on Friday, October 20th, 12 noon, at the SLC School District for the Council School Board Subcommittee (Council Members Love, Jergensen and Simonsen) to meet with the School Board subcommittee.   The Council subcommittee is interested in asking their Council colleagues:


     Are there any topics of interest that you would like the Council subcommittee to discuss with the school board members? 


Councilmember Christensen said the Northwest Multipurpose Center is on the County’s list for funding and could need additional funding for the Senior Center component.  He said the district might want to participate in discussion.  He said he would like to have a discussion regarding the Sports Complex and the School Boards long term interests.