New village president introduces council changes

New Village President Jim MacLachlan is launching some changes for Village Council, including a revised meeting schedule and rectangular table work session discussions.
Marie Havenga
Jan 11, 2012

MacLachlan, 62, was sworn into office Monday night. He replaces Bill Filber, who opted not to seek re-election after three terms as village president.

Council will now hold work sessions at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month in the Village Hall’s upstairs conference room. Regular meetings will take place at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at Barber School.

In the past, council has held both work sessions and regular meetings on the first and third Monday of the month. The 7 p.m. work sessions were often interrupted or shortened so as not to delay the start of the 7:30 p.m. meeting.

MacLachlan hopes the new schedule will foster more in-depth discussion of future agenda items. The work session and agendas will also include estimated time lines of when items will be discussed.

“The work session will be a goodopportunity to thoroughly explore the current issues,” MacLachlan said. “We’ll be discussing items of current relevance in more of an informal format where we’re able to have input of all of the members and thoroughly discuss the issues. We’re having the formal session on the third Monday so it will still be fresh in everyone’s mind.”

MacLachlan said he’s in favor of council talking around the rectangular table in the Village Hall conference room so they can have eye contact with each other.

“What I’m trying to facilitate here is more interaction among members of the council and direct communication,” MacLachlan said.

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