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(Neb)-City Council Works On Procedure Rules For 3-1/2 Hours

By: John Axtell Posted at: 03/16/2017 10:41 AM
CHADRON - It turned out to be a good idea for the Chadron City Council to schedule a special meeting last night for a workshop on proposed changes to the rules of procedures for their meetings instead of doing as part of a regular session because they spent 3-1/2 hours on it.

       There were no fireworks or serious disagreements, but a lot of give and take between the 5 council members and the 4 members of the general public in attendance - Bat and Patty Pourier, Jerry Schumacher and Casey Schuhmacher - who aren't related and spell their names differently. None of the 4 live in Chadron and only Jerry Schumacher lives inside the city's rural zoning area.

      The procedural rules cover everything from who should set the agenda for each council meeting to where announcements of meetings are posted to decorum by council members and the public when speaking during a council meeting.

      Some are drawn directly from state statute, some have been used by Chadron councils since 1935, and some are based on procedures adopted by councils in other cities. None of the proposed changes are major and nearly all are intended to clarify the existings rules.

      A revised draft version based on consensus decisions reached last night will be prepared and given to the council for review at its next regular session next Monday.


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