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Geneva City Council considers committees to make governing more efficient

Geneva City Councilor Chris Lavin is advocating for significant operational changes within the city’s legislative process to foster efficiency and bolster public engagement.

During February’s council meeting, Lavin proposed the establishment of committees focusing on finance, economic development, public works, and public safety. This approach, he suggests, aligns with the operational models of other city and county governments, citing Ontario County as an example of effective governance.


Lavin’s call for reform stems from a desire to address pressing issues like high taxes and housing decline through more active council involvement and public insight into city management.

Lavin emphasizes the need for legislative proposals to undergo committee review, allowing for thorough discussion and refinement with city management and the public before consideration by the full council.