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.