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    Poll: How many night meetings do you have per week?

    I'm getting to the point at my private sector position where I'll probably have 5-6 night meetings in a typical month. Just curious about what other people, especially people in the private sector, experience on their end (so that I have some basis for feeling that attendance is reasonable or unreasonable).

    As an aside, I'm presently weighing a public sector opportunity, and this is a factor (given that the salaries aren't dramatically different). Thanks!

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    I work in the public sector. My experience is this: generally speaking, counties have day meetings while cities have night meetings. I much prefer counties because those city night meetings cut into my cocktail hour(s).

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    I'm in the private sector, and my experience with night meetings varies. There are periods when I have 2-3 night meetings a week, and then stretches when I have none at all.

    I'd say I average 3-4 night meetings a month.

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    I'm a member of the public, so I prefer night meetings because I work during the day and can't make it to day meetings.

    That aside, I have a friend in the private sector that said he has a night meeting every day (I'm assuming he didn't mean weekends) till mid September. They're presenting the conversion plans for a 1920s Sears distribution center of over 1,000,000 sf into a mixed use community. With a project that size, there are lots and lots of stakeholders to meet with and most of them work during the day.

    For the curious, the project has a website: http://www.poncepark.com
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    Five or six meetings a month is not uncommon at higher levels in municipal government. In addition to two plan commission meetings, you can count on two council meetings, and then another meeting or two for various committees. Then, if you are in a visable position, you may be expected to make an appearance at other functions with the Chamber of Commerce, schools, civic organizations, etc. There were months in which I might attend ten or more meetings.
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    Well....

    I'm public sector right now and I attend between four and five night meetings on average per month.... This is something that most should negotiate over during the hiring process, as far as salary needs.
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    Zero, we have our Planning and Zoning Board meetings at 1:30 pm.

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    5-8 meetings per month, depending on the time of year (pre-budget season means more CIP meetings).
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    It just depends on the month for me because sometimes I will go with one or two meetings per month and then there will be other months that I will have 5 - 6 meetings at night.

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    I have worked in zoning/land use in 2 counties in FL and 90% of the meetings are at night. In my last position, I had 5 normal meetings a month, and more if we had comp plan update or community hearings, almost all at night. It was not unusual to be at hearings until midnight or later.

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    Public sector. I have 1-3 evening meetings per week, dependant on current projects.
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    I work in the private sector and I probably average about 3 meetings per month. Sometimes I can have 3 per week, though. One year between Thanksgiving and Christmas I had 8 meetings. This winter and spring I went 3 months without going to one meeting.

    My company is pretty flexible. I dont get paid for this overtime, but if I want to take an afternoon off here or there, especially after a hectic week or after a big deadline has passed, no one cares. Also, after a night meeting, I sometimes sleep in the next morning and come in around 9 or 9:30 (usually I am in by 7:30).

    I personally like the flexibility. My company treats for dinner before meetings too, so I get a free meal. Whoo-hoo!!!!
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    0 here as well. All our meetings are during normal business hours.
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    wow

    Quote Originally posted by hilldweller
    Zero, we have our Planning and Zoning Board meetings at 1:30 pm.

    i'm jealous - i have 3 night meetings on average a week here - i'm the lone planner, with 2 administrative staff so i'm it!

    i do have one board that meets in the afternoon, which is good; but now they are thinking of moving to a night meeting! argh!

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    When I was circuit-riding with small towns in the '70's, plus doing a new comp plan for the county with multiple citizen advisory committees, I would do multiple meetings per evening sometimes - one small town at 7:30, another 8 miles away at 8:30. I seldom did less than 10 evening meetings a month. It varied a lot during my consulting career, but I would say that 8 evening meetings a month was about average. Even trying to settle down here in VT, I am doing a plan update and have at least 6 evening meetings a month. If you have a strong belief in participatory planning, evening meetings are your destiny.

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    Minimum of 3 per month . . . not bad. (public sector)

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    Quote Originally posted by boiker
    0 here as well. All our meetings are during normal business hours.
    Another ZERO here. Our Planning Commission and Historical Committee meetings are in the afternoon.
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    2-10 a month

    Depends a lot but I have found that 1-2 a week is common in local government around here, although there are slow times with weeks off and then there are busy times when you could go to more, or may have to.

    I have pushed back on some of the less important night meetings now that I have childcare issues and interests. But its hard to do good public sector planning without night meetings. I generally also have less night meetings now that I am not doing zoning work.

    Fortunately, weekends don't come into the picture except on rare occasions (other than having to do some work at home sometimes).

    The biggest factor I have noticed that varies is how long the meetings go. At my last job meetings from 6-11 were not that rare. Now I find that a meeting from 6-9 is seen as a really long one.

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    Public Sector -- regularly have seven night meetings per month: PC, BZA, 2 City Council, Redevelopment, Historic Preservation and Urban Enterprise. Additional meetings as assigned by the mayor...
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    I generally have 2-3 night meeting per month. It is usually just ZBA (twice a month) and the occasional PC meeting if I have a case there.

    I'm a grunt level Planner, so no Village Board meetings for me.
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    In my new job, I'll have two a month, both for about four hours on consecutive nights. I don't think that's bad at all. We get comp time for them.

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