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    Number of work-related night meetings?

    How many work related night meetings do you attend per week?

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    I'm good for 2/week on a fairly consistent basis. Sometimes I get lucky and it is just one. If I have a special projects or community outreach activities going on (i.e. putting out a fire at a neighborhood meeting), it can jump to three.

    This is in a small town, so all meetings occur at night with Council, Boards & Commissions.
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    3-4 per month with additional ones thrown in form time to time. Its not too bad. Most don't go beyond 7pm.
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    Typically five that are regular and occasionally more. Length depends on agenda and whether it is council or others -- council meetings most often drag on forever.
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    I have 3 night meetings a month that I attend regularly.

    Another night meeting for a group that only meets quarterly.

    And the last night meeting is once per month, but attended by one of my staff members.


    So I guess 3 meetings a month, divided by 4 weeks, comes out to less than 1 per week.
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    Used to hold this schedule, 1 meeting per week.

    -Planning Board
    -Zoning Board
    -County Council Work Session
    -County Council Public Meeting
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    My average is 3 per month, and they tend to be around 2 hours long each.

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    5-6 a month for this former director. In the early days of Greensburg rebuilding and while drafting a new zoning code, the planning commission met weekly. Oops...double post. sorry

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    2-3 per week. We don't get official comp time, either.
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    I used to be 2-3 per month. Now as Acting Director I'm around 2-3 per week. Luckily I negotiated Comp Time into my temporary stint but still . . . these 11 hour days are getting to me.

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    When I worked in government I was commonly going to an average of two night meetings per week, and often two early morning meetings as well. There's nothing so much fun as showing up at 7 Am and working through to midnight.

    As a consultant - and particularly with my specialty - I now rarely have to attend evening meetings.
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    I've worked in local gov't for about 26-1/2 years. I've attended roughly 100 night meetings. What's just fewer than 4 per year. I haven't been to a night meeting since 2004.

    Night meetings cut into cocktail hours.

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    Normally one per week for this current director. Planning commission first and third weeks, city council second and fourth. During budget season, budget committee meetings are added. Also we sometimes have special evening meetings of one kind or another. I also have monthly hospital board meetings, but that is not city-related.

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    Up to 4-5 nites a week, depending on jurisdiction and special circumstances (community meetings, comp plan updates). Last job in "regular" planning: probably 500 hrs per year, for 7 years. Last 5 yrs in trail planning, probably half that. Yeah, they worked me like a dog.

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    I am about 5 per month. Lately though we have been having special meetings pretty often, so it is more like 7.
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    Current position: average 3 a month, all in the same week.
    Previous position: none
    First position with this city: none

    Our Commissions and Council meet during the day. My evening meetings are neighborhood groups.

    Previous municipal employment: none

    Prior to that: small towns that have all their meetings at night. I averaged one a week.
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    In my previous job I averaged about 4-5 per month.

    In my new position (director), I'm averaging about 3 per month outside of budget season, 5-6 per month during budget season. I'm fortunate that I have a fantastic pair of planners on my staff, so we're able to split the night meeting load pretty evenly every month.
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    When I was the director of a small communties ED department it was 3 or so a week. Half were public meetings and others were mixers and cocktail hours with developers, construction firms or interest groups. Now that I am a mid level toiler in a larger community a have few night meetings but I rarely leave the office before 730pm. 12 hour days are the norm but at least we get Fridays off...although the rest of the world does not so I often have appointments on Friday or have to come into the office for a few hours.
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    about 1 to 2 per month, however entitlements are just really slow right now. On average about 2 a month and throw in an occasional City Council meeting.
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    Where I work, the traffic engineers handle more night meetings (with residents especially) than the planners, though we certainly get our share. They get comp time but we don't (this is probably a factor of the supervisors' management style). I'd say they put in at least one night meeting a week, and can go up to three, pretty consistently throughout the year. The planners put in about one or two a week when there's a hot project, and maybe one or two a month otherwise.

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    Quote Originally posted by wahday View post
    3-4 per month with additional ones thrown in form time to time. Its not too bad. Most don't go beyond 7pm.
    Ditto

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    I average 2-3 a week pretty regularly.
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