Council expected to adopt Council Work Sessions to replace three committees


By Greg Smart - gsmart@civitasmedia.com



HUBER HEIGHTS — In recent years, the Huber Heights City Council has prepared for the Council meetings through three committees: Administrative Committee, Public Services and Safety Committee and Public Works Committee as well as an occasional Committee of the Whole meeting.

At the last scheduled Council meeting of the year at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14, Council is expected to adopt Rules of Council for 2016 along with meeting structure and schedules which was discussed at a City Council Committee of the Whole meeting Tuesday night. Council is expected eliminate the committee structure and adopt Council Work Sessions which will normally be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays prior to Council meetings. In January, the two Work Sessions will be scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 5 and Jan. 19 and be held in Council Chambers at City Hall.

Council Work Sessions may also be called for any purpose at other dates and times by the Mayor or any five Council members with at least a 24 hours notice to the Mayor and each Council member. Council still has the option to have a Committee of the Whole meeting called by the Mayor or any five Council members with at least a 24 hours notice to the Mayor and each Council member.

The mayor will preside over the Council Work Sessions as the presiding officer unless the mayor delegates leadership of that meeting to someone else. Council Work Sessions will normally begin with calling the meeting to order, a roll call and approval of minutes followed by Work Session topics and if necessary, an executive session prior to adjournment.

The Clerk of Council is responsible for preparing the agendas for all Council meetings in consultation with the city manager and the presiding officer. The presiding officer may also solicit input from Council members for the agendas for all Council meetings. A proposed change in Council rules changes the number of Council members who may compel an item to be placed on the agenda for all Council meetings from five to three.

In 2015, Mark Campbell chaired the Administrative Committee with members Karen Kaleps, Jan Vargo and Tracy Dudley. Judy Blankenship chaired the Public Services and Safety Committee with members Tyler Starline, Jan Vargo and Lu Dale. Kaleps chaired the Public Works Committee with members Blankenship, Starline and Ed Lyons.

Members of Council in 2016 will include Campbell, Dudley, Starline, Blankenship, Lyons, Richard E. Shaw, Glenn T. Otto and Janell Smith.

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By Greg Smart

gsmart@civitasmedia.com

Reach Greg Smart at 937-684-8088 or on Twitter @HH_Courier.com

Reach Greg Smart at 937-684-8088 or on Twitter @HH_Courier.com

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