If the council approves changes to its schedule, it would skip work sessions on fifth Mondays. In addition, the proposed schedule also would omit meetings on MLK Day, Memorial Day and Labor Day, the Monday that falls during the Richardson and Plano school districts’ spring break, the Monday following Independence Day and the meetings that fall on the week of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Source: The Dallas Morning News.
After the jump, four reasons why this is a good thing.
- Council members are volunteer public servants. The hours they put into their jobs day in and day out go largely unrecognized. Giving them a few more Monday nights off is the least we can do for them.
- The city is run by the City Manager and his staff. If the City Council took every other week off, the whole summer off, whatever, city services would continue to be carried out at the high levels Richardson residents have come to expect.
- With fewer meetings, the City Council would have less time to do things they shouldn't be doing in the first place. For example, in the same story above reporting the council's interest in cutting back their schedule, The Dallas Morning News reports that the council wants to restrict the growth of farmer's markets in Richardson.
- With less time to do things the council shouldn't be doing in the first place, council members would be spared reading my kvetching about it.
What's not to like?