City Council will tackle “hows”

WESTMINSTER CITY HALL (Orange County Tribune photo).

How do items get on the city council agenda? How do items on the consent calendar get “pulled” for separate action? How should councilmembers interact with city staff?

Those issues – which have sometimes been contentious in the past – will go before the Westminster City Council when it meets on Wednesday.

The council will meet via teleconference with a closed session at 6 p.m. and the public session at 7 p.m.

At some meetings of the council, items on the consent calendar have been set aside for a separate vote at the request of members of the public. A consent calendar is a list of matters considered routine and to be handled with one vote.

Councilmembers routinely ask to “pull” items, but sometimes citizens make a request. A concern is that if too many items are pulled, the purpose of a consent calendar becomes lost.

Under current council policy, in order for an item to be placed on upcoming agendas, a councilmember must have the approval of a majority of the council.

Under relations between the mayor and councilmembers with city staff, City Manager Marwan Youssef is recommending a policy that elected officials consult with department heads rather than go directly to lower-level employees.

Also on the agenda is a resolution approving the annual display of the “Pride Flag” in support of the LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, etc.) community.

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 14.

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