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MINUTES <br /> OF THE STUDY SESSION <br /> OF THE EDINA CITY COUNCIL, <br /> HELD TUESDAY,MARCH 27, 2007 <br /> Mayor Hovland called the meeting to order at 11:45 A.M. in the Community Room of Edina <br /> City Hall. Answering rollcall were: Members Bennett, Housh, Masica,Swenson and Mayor <br /> Hovland. Staff present included: Gordon Hughes, City Manager; Heather Worthington, <br /> Assistant City Manager; Ceil Smith, Assistant to the City Manager; Jennifer Bennerotte, <br /> Communications & Marketing Director; John Keprios, Park and Recreation Director; Diana <br /> Hedges, Edina Art Center Director; Wayne Houle, City Engineer; Jack Sullivan, Assistant <br /> City Engineer; Kris Aaker, Assistant Planner; Joyce Repya, Associate Planner; Susan <br /> Heiberg, Human Services Coordinator; and Debra Mangen, City Clerk. <br /> Manager Hughes reviewed a memorandum outlining some possible changes to the roles of <br /> advisory boards and commissions, particularly the Planning Commission, Transportation <br /> Commission and Park Board. He said at the Council's retreat in December, the possibility <br /> was discussed of holding public hearings at the board and commission level. <br /> The Council discussed the pros and cons of moving the public hearing process to the <br /> advisory boards and commission. Some form of public hearing would still need to be <br /> available at the Council level, but it was agreed it should be limited in length or scope. Also <br /> discussed were various formats for advisory board and commission recommendation to <br /> flow to Council, ramifications to the various boards and commission roles, notice <br /> requirements, a public comment period between Commission hearings and Council <br /> meetings, and the role of Commission Chairs in this possible process. Also under discussion <br /> was which advisory boards and commissions would be affected by any changes. It <br /> appeared that the Heritage Preservation Board and proposed Energy & Environment <br /> Commission were to be included in the hearing process. All public hearings would be <br /> televised on Edina Community Channel 16. <br /> Also discussed were dual memberships on advisory boards and commissions and term <br /> limits. It was agreed that these issues needed further discussion. <br /> Following discussion, staff was directed to leave the draft ordinance enacting an Energy & <br /> Environment Commission as it was drafted; but to prepare drafts of three options the <br /> Council could consider following, if they decide to move more formal public hearings to <br /> their various advisory boards and commissions. <br /> Mayor Hovland adjourned the meeting at 1:30 P.M. <br /> Respectfully submitted, <br /> k'Au . o Al,., <br /> Debra Mangen, Ci lerk <br />