Friday, March 31, 2006


Mysteries of the black binder

A question I’ve had more than once is about the black binders that Council Members carry into each Council meeting. What’s in them? Staff works for hours in preparing materials for us so that we have complete and accurate information on each agenda item. The binder has numbered tabs that correspond to the agenda. Each agenda item has a staff report, copies of any correspondence [written or email] received from the public, and background material such as architectural drawings, photos, etc. If the item is coming from Planning Commission included is a verbatim transcript of the Planning Commission’s public hearing. The binder is delivered on Thursday evenings before a Monday Council meeting, so we have the weekend to review and prepare. The upcoming Council meeting on April 3 has a long agenda, so the binder is over 3 inches high – a lot of reading, analysis and thinking to do in the next few days.

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