City Council will host brown bag lunch

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— The City Council will be staying put for its brown bag lunches.

In the past few months, the council has had most of its monthly lunch meetings on the road going on field trips to Emerald Park, Elkins Meadow and the wastewater treatment plant, all sites on upcoming council agendas. But Council President Kathy Connell said the lineup of constant field trips kept the council from talking about other issues.

Last Tuesday, the council made the decision to no longer print agendas for the brown bag lunches.

The brown bag lunch meetings are held at noon on the fourth Thursday of every month, the week when the council does not have a regular meeting scheduled for Tuesday.

By not having a set agenda, the council will be able to discuss topics that do not fit into the regular council meetings, Connell said.

"The goal is an opportunity for us to be able to have time to talk and chat back and forth and discuss," she said.

Like any meeting with more than two council members, the brown bag lunches are public and have to be publicly posted. Connell said people are welcome to stop by the brown bag lunches. But Connell said the brown bag lunches are not designed to take the place of public comment, which is held at 7 p.m. during every regular council meeting.

"Public comment, we want that recorded and on the record," Connell said.

As in the past, no votes or business transactions will be taken during brown bag lunches. And city staff is not required to come.

Connell said that if the council needs to go to on-site visits, it would schedule those meetings at a different time than the brown bag lunches.

The next brown bag lunch is at noon Thursday.

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