Another change we can expect to see under Mayor-elect Greg Nelson is better-run public meetings, he said. He told me that City Council members right now don’t know how to debate each other, leaving much unsaid, mumblings, banter with staff members, painfully pregnant pauses and council members casting votes without explaining their reasons.
Nelson said he plans on much “tighter” meetings, adherence to rules of order and each council member being required to explain their reasons in contentious issues.
“Council has vast authority that they all seem reluctant to use right now,” Nelson said.
And another thing: Staff members better be prepared to come to meetings wearing something nicer than blue jeans. Nelson said staff members who will be presenting to council should come to the meeting wearing something presentable to the public.