The City Council approved a modification of its operating structure that reduces the number of meetings and transitions to a one-week cycle. The changes are intended to streamline and flatten the council’s structure to be more flexible and responsive to community needs during the local public health emergency while adhering to health guidelines.
Beginning Monday, April 6, the City Council will switch from a two-week to one-week cycle. Each cycle will consist of two standing committee meetings and the regular meeting of the full City Council. The two standing committees are:
- Business, Inspections & Zoning Committee (BIZ)
This committee will meet 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays to address regulatory and quasi-judicial functions, licensing and permitting, land use and zoning applications, and related matters. Recommendations from the BIZ Committee will be referred directly to the full City Council for formal action. Members of the committee include:
- Lisa Goodman (chair)
- Jeremy Schroeder (vice chair)
- Kevin Reich
- Cam Gordon
- Steve Fletcher
- Jeremiah Ellison
- Policy & Government Oversight Committee (POGO)
This committee will meet 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays to consider all other items, issue and proposals not otherwise referred to BIZ. POGO will include all members of the City Council with the following chairs:
- Council President Lisa Bender (chair)
- Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins (vice chair, Equity Subcommittee chair)
- Council Member Fletcher (Finance Subcommittee chair)
The full City Council will meet 9:30 a.m. Fridays. In addition to its usual functions, the City Council will receive regular COVID-19 reports from the mayor and executive staff.
This is the latest change in the City’s policy-making process since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier this month, meetings of all appointed boards, commissions, committees, working groups and tasks forces not required under State law or City charter were cancelled through at least Friday, April 17. The policy-making bodies continue to meet are ones required under State law or City Charter, including:
- City Council and its committees.
- Executive Committee.
- Audit Committee.
- Planning Commission and Planning Commission Committee of the Whole.
- Zoning Board of Appeals.
- Heritage Preservation Commission.
- Board of Estimate & Taxation.
- Charter Commission.
- Civil Service Commission.
- Civil Rights Commission.
Dates and times of upcoming meetings are available on the City’s website at lims.minneapolismn.gov.
Published Mar 27, 2020