The la crosse city council is looking to the future.
Recent changes to how the council operates is giving
council members a chance to focus on a long-term plan.
New at 10.
News 8's Mark McPherson joins us live in our newsroom
The council recently voted to do away with the committee
of the whole.
which met one tuesday a month.
In it's place.
they've created a City Planning Meeting.
They say it will.
for the first time in a long time.
give the council a chance to chart the city's future.
- This is very significant.
A big change for the council could mean a big benefit
for the city.
- It's almost an opportunity for us to say, 'What
do we want to be when we grow up?
The city is replacing their Committee of the Whole
meetings with City Planning Meetings.
The meetings will be a chance for departments to give
the council updates.
and for council members to chart a clear path about
the future of the city.
in hopes of being proactive.
- We have a tendency to kind of react from one challenge
or one problem solving exercise to the next, what
we're looking for and hoping for in the planning sessions
is to able to actually look a few years down the road.
- I think this is an exciting move for the city.
a training consultant at Western Technical college.
has been brought in to help with the transition.
- It's kind of like taking a trip, if you don't know
where your destination is it's kind of hard to get
there, so that's one of the things that we'll look
at is where does this city want to go, how big do
they want to be.
- For the first time, really in a very long time that
the council and the Mayor as a group.
will have the opportunity to start to talk and think
and act more strategically as far as the long-term
well being and functioning of the city government.
While both men admit it will take some work to get
these meetings off the ground.
the mayor thinks they could one day be more productive
than the committee of the whole.
- I do think that there's an opportunity to really
again, engage with the departments and the community
to make a much bigger impact, I do.
The first meeting is tomorrow.
the Mayor will give council members a chance to share
their hopes for the new meetings.
That will give the Mayor a better idea of who will
be involved every month.
and what types of issues they will discuss.
Along with the new meetings.
the city has also reduced the size of the council.
and they are looking into cutting some of the 60 committees
they currently have.