Norfolk City Council has approved a legislative agenda package for the upcoming session. The package can be viewed on the the Intergovermental Relations page of the city’s website.
I had a little free time last week and took a look at the video from the council sessions where this was discussed. The council received a presentation on November 6 – yes, Election Day – about the agenda. They then agreed to hold a public hearing on the matter one week later, on November 13. Just four speakers showed up, which isn’t a surprise.
Included in the package is a request for a charter change, to move the election of the mayor from those with the five small wards to those with the two surperwards. Given that this came out of the retreat in September, how come the public hearing on it was held with just one week’s notice?
Pro tip: a little transparency goes a long way.