City councilors scrutinize practices and policies during annual retreat
City Council covers productive but difficult territory…
High-level city staff and city councilors meet every year in what’s called the City Council retreat to discuss priorities, orient new council members and explore what direction the five-person board wants to take the city. But the board spent most of its time examining best management and financial practices, how to better address the issue of homelessness in the community and the functional communication between city advisory boards and commissions and the City Council.
“The way I’m describing it is productive and difficult,” said Durango Mayor Melissa Youssef. “Productive because we had clarity and agreement on key issues that needed to be addressed. Difficult because we brought forward changes to bring improvements. Modifying current policies and practices creates tension. People get comfortable where they are and it makes it difficult.”