Truckee may end meeting cutoff time |

Truckee may end meeting cutoff time

The Truckee Town Council wants to get rid of a town policy that states council meetings should end by 10 p.m.

Council members, except Barbara Green, said they believe the deadline could stifle public comment and hurry decision making.

“I have a strong feeling that we need to do our work, and I think an artificial deadline like that is inappropriate,” said councilman Craig Threshie.

Green said a 10 p.m. cutoff would respect the audience members who view the meeting in person or on television. She also favored a piece of the policy that would extend the meeting in 30-minute increments with a council vote, which would ensure that discussion over important matters could continue if necessary.

“I think it makes sense,” Green said.

Because four out of five council members supported deleting the resolution, which was voted in by the first town council, a vote to rescind the policy will be taken at a future council meeting.

Truckee Town Council meetings, which are held the first and third Thursday of every month, begin at 6 p.m. Depending on the number of items on the agenda, the meetings run anywhere from two hours to approximately five hours.

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