Changes coming to City Hall?

WESTMINSTER CITY HALL (Orange County Tribune file photo).

Opportunities to reverse decisions by previous city councils abound on the agenda for Wednesday’s Westminster City Council meeting.

Under legislative items, the council will consider an ordinance allowing for the location of the mayor’s office – in this case, Chi Charlie Nguyen – to inside the City Hall. 

At the Dec. 14 meeting, the council voted 3-2 in favor of one of three options to move the office into the City Hall small conference room at a cost of $11,000.

The move will require an amendment to the municipal code, which the council will consider at Wednesday’s meeting.

Location of the mayor’s office has – in the past – been controversial because of concerns that a mayor might seek to exercise undue influence or interference with the work of city employees.

In regular business, the council will consider a change in procedure that would require that at least two members of the council to concur in order for an item to be placed on the agenda for consideration at the next meeting.

Other proposed changes include reducing the time allowed for a comment by a member of the public during oral communications from five minutes minutes to three.

Additionally, there’s a proposal to change the starting time of regular/open council meetings from 7 p.m. to 6 p.m., and the end time to 10 p.m.

Meetings of the Westminster council have recently gone famously long, some extending to 1 a.m. Under the present policy, the meeting must be adjourned at midnight unless a majority of the council agrees to the extension.

In the closed session at 5:30 p.m., the council will meet with legal counsel on a lawsuit filed by the Quang Tri Victory Foundation alleging breach of contract by the city regarding the proposed monument.

The regular meeting is scheduled to commence at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at 8200 Westminster Blvd.

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