RC Common Council discusses returning to committee format

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Rapid City Common Council had a lengthy discussion during Wednesday’s working session on whether to return to a committee format.

There’s talk of going back to committee meetings and moving away from the working session, namely the Public Works, and Legal and Finance Committees.

The idea is to allow city directors to inform council members about their items before taking them to the full council. The new format is informal and only allows for discussion on the items with no recommendations of actions taken during the session until council meets.

Some council members are concerned that the current working session format can go on too long for members that have full time jobs.

Some also feel the sessions aren’t drawing the public comment that the committee structure did.

“There was a lot of discussion today, a lot of back and forth on what’s the best way to get that information flushed out,” says Darrell Shoemaker, Rapid City Communication Coordinator. “So again, what we want to have is a… maintain the transparency, maintain the dialogue, make sure there’s collaboration between the council and the city staff on particular items.”

Members today also discussed the possibility of COVID hazard pay for first responders with some in favor of bringing the item to a vote during the next council meeting.

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