Castle Rock council cuts meetings from weekly to twice monthly schedule

A new LED sign installed outside of town hall will communicate event and emergency messaging with town residents.
A new LED sign installed outside of town hall will communicate event and emergency messaging with town residents.
A new LED sign installed outside of town hall will communicate event and emergency messaging with town residents.
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Castle Rock Town Council members have gained some free time by shifting from weekly meetings to a twice-monthly schedule.

The change will start in February, following a unanimous decision initiated by one of its newest members.

Jennifer Green, District 3, was the first to ask to revise the council’s meeting schedule.

The process began in October, with a request for an evaluation that considered land-use applications in progress, the length of prior meetings and coordination with the planning commission calendar.

The Dec. 11 vote established council meetings for the first and third Tuesday of each month, with no changes to the planning commission schedule, which meets the second and fourth Thursday of each month.

Councilmembers knew the abbreviated schedule could result in longer meetings and addressed concerns about public comment on agenda items with a high level of public interest.

The length of the meetings cannot be predicted, but councilmembers retain the option to lengthen the regular meeting times, call for special meetings or extend meetings past the scheduled close, said Town Clerk Sally Misare.

During the November discussion of the ordinance, Green, who was elected in 2011 to a term that expires in 2014, had no preference for which weeks of the month council should meet. She was more interested in when the new schedule would begin.

“I just like the idea of going to two Tuesdays per month instead of four,” she said. “When will this go into effect?”

Beginning Feb. 5, town council will meet the first and third Tuesday of the month in the council chambers at Town Hall, 100 N. Wilcox St.