Appleton Alderman Christoph Wahl wants more time for residents to weigh in before the Common Council makes some policy decisions.
Wahl proposed that the council be barred from adopting committee decisions until reports have been posted for at least 48 hours.
Currently, some committee decisions are made just minutes before council meetings, then finalized by the full council.
Wahl said the system usually doesn’t cause a problem, but that “big dollar” decisions are made without much time for residents to voice their opinions.
“My resolution is an attempt to allow a bit more daylight into this process,” Wahl wrote in an email to Post-Crescent Media. “This would not necessitate delays of action; (the Board of Public Works) or other meetings could be held the Monday before council and still be considered for adoption that same week.”
Appleton City Attorney James Walsh issued a memo last week that the rule change would fit with state law that says government bodies “shall be given at least 24 hours” notice of a public meeting.
“Such a rule would be consistent with the state’s policy of the public being entitled to the fullest and most complete information regarding the affairs of government.”
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