Do you have policies in place to ensure that meetings end at a reasonable time?
When building and development were at their peak, we frequently had meetings past 11 (start time of 7), and I recall 4 or 5 my first summer here that went past midnight. When things slowed down, 10 became more typical. Now, we're seeing an upswing in large projects and full agendas again. Our most recent meeting ended at 12:45 AM. Two Council members were in attendance and were aghast and now wish us to establish a policy that would prevent this.
Do you have anything in place? We have been putting fewer items on each agenda, but sometimes you get a few that surprise you with either more neighbors than expected or complications you didn't foresee.
Do you cut a meeting off at a certain time, regardless of whether an applicant and his neighbors have already been sitting in the audience for three hours?
Do you simply schedule so few things that you're guaranteed to end earlier? I think if we did this, we'd be scheduling 5-6 months out.
Meeting earlier isn't an option with this group.
I'd welcome any advice and insight. Thanks.