Northfield Patch: Northfield City Council Votes to Remove Liaisons from Advisory Boards
Councilors Patrick Ganey and Suzie Nakasian, new to the council in 2011, last week advocated for a policy change that would change the relationship between the council and its boards and commissions. On Tuesday, the council approved the policy 5-1. Councilor Rhonda Pownell dissented. Councilor Kris Vohs was absent.
Councilors no longer will act as liaisons for the city’s many boards and commissions. Instead, it’s now the responsibility of advisory boards to report directly to the council.
The board will revisit the policy in May to review its success. The objectives of the policy, according to its language, are to establish a direct and efficient channel of communication; use time effectively; and promote open discussion and transparent policy.
That last line makes me hopeful that the strategies used to communicate with the Council make it more likely that citizen engagement opportunities are increased.