No council action on ‘unnecessary chatter’ resolution

Rockford City Council Codes and Regulations Committee members thwarted Ald. Daniel Conness’ (D-14) attempt to keep “unnecessary chatter” to a minimum during its Aug. 14 meeting.

Committee chairman Doug Mark (R-3) and members Ald. Nancy Johnson (D-8) and Ald. Carl Wasco (D-4) voted to take no action on Conness’ resolution to move officers’ reports to the end of the city council meeting.

Their move took Conness by surprise: “I was under the assumption there was going to be action taken.”

He stressed that he had plenty of aldermen who supported his resolution, and sees no problem with imposing a time limit on speeches.

The proposed resolution, which Conness introduced July 3, would amend Rule 2, Section 2-42 of the City Council’s Rules of Procedures.

City Attorney Ron Schultz clarified, during a July 24 committee meeting, Officers’ reports would be moved between New Business and Adjournment.

“I wanted to get it on the table and see what could be done about the problem,” Conness said, during the July 24 meeting.

From the Aug. 16-22, 2006, issue

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