Move helps city better prepare for meetings

Christopher Maher, Alice Echo-News Journal

Alice City Council meetings will have a new schedule beginning in December, and will be held on a different day of the week.

The council recently voted to move meetings in an effort to accommodate city staff.

Meetings are currently held on the second and fourth Monday of every month, at 6:30 p.m.

Beginning in December, however, meetings will be held on the second and fourth Thursday of the month, at 6:30 p.m.

City Manager Albert Uresti recommended the change to council as part of an effort to ease preparation time necessary for staff for the meetings. Under the current system, the agenda for the Monday meetings must be posted by Friday afternoon, which often means the staff has to work late to prepare the information for council

"We get the agenda out on Friday, and we have to stay late on Friday night to get the packets out (to the council)," Uresti said.

"Which is not a big deal, but sometimes it requires weekend work by the city secretary and the assistant city secretary."

Under the new system, the agenda will be posted on Mondays, leaving three working days to prepare the packets for council.

Uresti said he has implemented similar schedules in other cities, with positive results.

Although the meetings have traditionally been held on Monday nights, Uresti said nothing in the city's charter requires them to be held on that day of the week.

"It will work a lot better. It will make us a lot more efficient," Uresti said.

"I think Monday nights are just bad for the council and bad for the public, as well."