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Ithaca Common Council considers increased meeting frequency to become more efficient

Ithaca Common Council, led by Mayor Robert Cantelmo, is contemplating a major shift in its meeting structure.

Under Cantelmo’s proposal, instead of their current schedule of one full council meeting and two committee meetings per month, the Council would meet as a complete body at least three times a month.


This change aims to enhance policy progression, reduce time wastage, and manage workloads more effectively, addressing the challenge of prolonged council meetings that often exceed four hours.

Cantelmo highlighted the need for more frequent full council meetings to ensure thorough, timely debates on policy proposals, noting that lengthy sessions can impact council members’ focus and deliberations.

The proposal, discussed at a recent council meeting, received minimal opposition, with council members expressing openness to methods improving efficiency and staff convenience.