VIDEO: Newark City Council eyes agenda changes

Newark City Council suggested ways to streamline meetings on Monday, the latest action in an effort to streamline meetings after several late finishes in 2013.

WDEL's Tom Lehman reports.

Although no formal vote took place, Mayor Polly Sierer said council members told the the City Secretary that agendas should be reorganized so that items requiring public comment would occur earlier in meetings.

"We'll move them more toward the beginning of the agenda so that when the public is here, it's earlier in the meeting and they have time to share their concerns," she said.

Sierer said the intention of the the proposed changes is improving efficiency and reducing the length of council meetings, especially in light of numerous finishes past midnight last year.

"We are making important decisions affecting citizens and our community between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m.," she said, noting that fatigue can begin to set in for council members as a result of long meetings.

However, the mayor did say that general public comment would not be moved from the beginning of meetings.

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