Special session to address City Council goals

By: Bridget Jones, Journal Staff Writer
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Goals for the city will be a subject of discussion at a meeting Sunday morning. The Auburn City Council is holding a special session starting at 10 a.m. Sunday in Room 10 at City Hall. The meeting is scheduled to include public comment followed by a number of closed session items including a conference with labor negotiators, a conference with a real property negotiator concerning 995 Lincoln Way and a public employee performance evaluation of City Manager Bob Richardson, according to city documents. After the council comes back to open session the meeting is scheduled to include a discussion about the council’s goals for the city, according to the documents. “We have got to talk about services, what we have to do as the economy changes, what is going on in the environment right now, a lot of things,” said Mayor Bill Kirby. Kirby said the council would be discussing ways to move forward financially without dipping further into the city’s reserves. “We are trying to do the right thing,” Kirby said. “I think we are doing an excellent job of keeping ahead of the curve.” Kirby said the meeting is being held on Sunday because it was the only time all council members were available. Council members couldn’t arrive early enough for the items to be held in Monday’s City Council meeting. Megan Siren, administrative analyst for the city, said the city is allowed to hold sessions on weekends as long as they are properly noticed. Siren said special sessions only require a 24-hour notice to the public. The Journal received a mass e-mail Thursday notifying about the meeting. Richardson said there will be no overtime costs incurred, because he is the only city staff member attending the meeting. Richardson said there will be no additional costs to the city for opening City Hall on a weekend day. Monday’s regular session meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. to be immediately followed by a meeting of the Auburn Urban Development Authority. Reach Bridget Jones at