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Del Toro Asks for Possible Meeting Postponement Policy

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One Dubuque City Council member is proposing that the city have a policy for postponing meetings in the event of bad weather or other unforeseen events. This week’s meeting was held on Tuesday, rather than Monday, due to the Martin Luther King, Junior, Day holiday. At the time the meeting began on Tuesday, Dubuque was under a Winter Storm Warning, and many local schools and businesses had closed. That led Councilman Luis Del Toro to ask why the council hadn’t at least considered pushing back its meeting. Del Toro asked that the city explore creating a policy for postponing future council meetings if the need arises. Current city law requires council meetings to be held on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month. In the event that those days are city holidays, the meeting is moved back a single day. Under special circumstances, the council can decide to move a regular meeting, so long as the change is announced with 30 days’ notice to the public. That procedure was only instituted within the past two years. If directed by the council to look into a policy, Brumwell says she’ll consider more than just weather-related situations. Del Toro made his comments during the “Council Member Reports” section of Monday’s meeting. The council usually does not take action on items brought up during that portion of its meetings.

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