Council considers new meeting time

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Work session > Alternate Friday schedule could result

By Arin McKenna

Tuesday’s Los Alamos County Council work session was largely devoted to answering questions concerning rules and procedures for newly elected councilors.

One notable topic was a suggestion by Councilor Kristin Henderson that one of council’s three monthly meetings be conducted from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday instead of the usual 7 p.m. Tuesday time.

“I think lifestyles have changed since that was originally adopted and most evenings, people with children are basically not ever going to be able to come,” Henderson said. “When we have such an issue with losing our families and them not feeling they’re heard or know what’s going on, I think we should look at that.”

Council Chair Geoff Rodgers asked County Administrator Harry Burgess to weigh in on the practical considerations involved in changing times.

Burgess said that it might attract Los Alamos National Laboratory personnel, who have rotating Fridays off. The change could also make it more feasible to have non-exempt staff members give input on agenda items they had worked on. The county tries to limit evening attendance to exempt employees to keep overtime to a minimum.

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