Henrietta changes meeting structure

The city of Henrietta is changing the way they do things.
Starting this Thursday at 6:30 p.m., the city will resume meeting twice a month to discuss issues more in-depth.
According to City Clerk Margie Long, the city used to meet twice a month about four or five years ago but stopped and went to the current system of meeting just once a month.
The idea was brought up at a meeting last week by Alderman Bob Duncan who works for the city of Richmond. Duncan got the idea because he is familiar with the Richmond system where they have four separate committees that meet outside regular city council meetings.
Duncan said Henrietta won’t need four committees but it would be nice to have at least one.
“We could have a meeting once a month, see where we’re at on money and what we need instead of us coming in here point blank,” Duncan said at last month’s regular meeting. “That way, everyone knows what is going on.”
The city has also scheduled a special meeting to discuss the upcoming 2009 budget. That meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 20, at 6:30 p.m.
Long said in the past the task has been left to her and the mayor but she appreciates the help.
“It would take a lot of pressure off me,” Long said.

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