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Raleigh looks to make meeting agendas more interactive

Posted February 24, 2014
Updated February 26, 2014

Changes are underway to improve the language and the layout of Raleigh’s bi-monthly City Council agenda document, though it could be some time before residents see those changes occur.

First discussed at the recent Council retreat, new City Manager Ruffin Hall said he wanted to work with the Council to find ways to streamline the agenda’s format.

“Every now and then it’s probably a good idea to take a fresh look,” Hall said. “See what it looks like, how are the items grouped, what the content is.”

Although he did not list any specific changes, Hall said the staff is looking new ways to make the document and its contents available electronically.

The agenda is uploaded to the city’s website as a PDF. If it was created as an interactive document, denizens and Councilors would have the opportunity to dig deeper into the issues.

Any changes to the document, Hall said, would likely be proposed by Council members.

“It’s not my agenda; it’s the Mayor and Councils’ agenda,” he said. “We’ve put this forward for their consideration.”

Hall explained that the new layout is not a high-priority issue.

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  • HeadsUp Feb 24, 2014

    This is a good idea that would promote citizen awareness and participation -- which is why some will oppose it.