Warner Robins intends to move precouncil to Mondays

WARNER ROBINS -- Warner Robins City Council intends to return to a single meeting day, according to city spokeswoman Ruby Hamb-Holmes.

“Council has adapted to the 21st century technology, which has reduced the number of (needed) precouncil meetings,” Hamb-Holmes said Thursday on behalf of Mayor Chuck Shaheen.

No official notice has been issued, but Hamb-Holmes said City Council intends to hold its precouncil meetings immediately prior to its Monday regular meetings.

Precouncil meetings typically have been held at 4 p.m. on the Thursday prior to the Monday regular meeting. Regular council meetings are held the first and third Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m.

The past two precouncil meetings were held at 4 p.m. on the Monday of regular council meetings.

“Mayor and council both feel that these changes will be more effective to the taxpayers,” Hamb-Holmes said. She did not elaborate.

The comments came Thursday after The Telegraph asked about the frequency of rescheduled precouncil meetings.

Councilman Mike Brashear said council has been discussing the idea of changing the precouncil meetings from Thursdays to Mondays for about two weeks but has not made a firm decision yet.

Brashear said having a 30-minute precouncil meeting on Thursdays and returning to City Hall three days later to vote on the same topics hasn’t been working. Council now wants to try a format used in years past, Brashear said.

“Everybody is so busy right now,” he said.

If made official, it would be the second change council has made to its precouncil schedule this year. In January, the meeting was moved from 5:15 p.m. to 4 p.m. to reduce overtime for staff required to attend it.

Brashear said the earlier time was hard for some councilmen to get to after work.

According to a review of special notices from City Hall, six precouncil meetings have been changed this year. Four of those meetings were moved to Mondays.

Council rescheduled precouncil meetings 10 times last year, most to make the time earlier.