Unnecessary chatter resolution back in committee

Rockford aldermen keep delaying a vote on restricting their speeches.

Ald. Daniel Conness’ (D-14) resolution, aimed at keeping remarks brief during Officers’ Reports, went back to the Rockford City Council Codes and Regulations Committee. Conness made the motion and Ald. Leonard Jacobson (D-6) seconded it as aldermen were preparing to vote during the Aug. 28 City Council meeting, on a resolution to take no action.

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 at their Aug. 14 meeting.

That action surprised Conness: “I was under the assumption there was going to be action taken.”

Conness stressed that many aldermen supported his resolution. Conness said he saw 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. The amendment would relocate Officers’ Reports after New Business. City Attorney Ron Schultz clarified, during a July 24 committee meeting that 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.

On average, Mark estimated 15 percent of an hour-and-a-half of council meeting is taken up by officers’ reports.

From the Aug. 30-Sept. 5, 2006, issue

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