October 24, 2004
Speak up. That’s what residents will be able to do more of beginning at the Tempe City Council’s Nov. 4 meeting.
The council voted 6-1 last week to scrap their consent and nonconsent agendas, giving the public the option to discuss any item put before the council.
Now, all items on the consent agenda are voted on with one motion and no public discussion unless designated otherwise by the city manager or a council member. Conversely, the council considers items on the nonconsent agenda separately before it votes.
"We simplified the process so we can more clearly communicate that items on the agenda can be discussed separately and receive a full hearing," Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman said.
The mayor had brought the issue to the council about two weeks ago. Then, Hallman said he wanted the public to know that everything on the agenda was open for discussion.
Councilman Leonard Copple, the lone dissenting vote, has been critical of the proposed move, saying the council should focus on more important issues.