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For those who keep a close eye on city government and attend council meetings, you’ve been getting home pretty late at night (if you lasted until the end). The Nov. 12 meeting ran past midnight and the Oct. 15 meeting approached that same hour.

After a development code amendment discussion went on for close to 90 minutes last night, I started to wonder just how late this one was going to run. At around 9:10 p.m., the mayor announced that the meeting would not run past 10 and he moved up time-sensitive issues on the agenda.

A couple of votes occurred and then it was back to proposed code discussion, this time involving annexations.

At about 9:50 p.m., the discussion to form a committee to help in the comp plan review started. The meeting did go past 10 p.m., but only by about 15 minutes. The only item under old or new business that the council didn’t get to was an item about forming an economic strategy group with seven other cities.

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The council and staff reports were also scratched for the second straight meeting (which actually is too bad — staff reports often shed light on certain things going on in the city and provides me with new ideas for possible stories). But I'm glad the mayor put a time limit on the proceedings. That meeting could've easily gone past 11 p.m. again.

For me, it's not as bad as those making the decisions. I'm just sitting there observing and taking notes. These volunteer councilors have to remain focused on complex issues while the hour gets late.

Another late supper at home.

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