Since taking over the council presidency in January, Councilor Wayne Matewsky has promised to “slenderize” the meetings by keeping to the rules of order, and by efforting to suspend the habit of allowing eleven councilors to speak on each and every issue and to go on and on and on.
So far, his effort has succeeded.
Last week’s council meeting was a perfect example.
The agenda for last week’s council meeting read like War and Peace, the 800 pages Victorian novel by Leo Tolstoy. One look at the agenda, with something like 44 items on it – and some very lengthy ones at that, and old pros familiar with the city of Everett council meetings predicted this one could last for two days or maybe longer.
Matewsky went through the agenda like a professional intent on playing the game without the game needing hours and hours of time to play itself out.
Without suspending anyone’s right to express themselves on the many items presented to the council, Matewsky methodically and politely led the show to a shockingly early finish.
We compliment Matewsky for his belief in himself to get the president’s job done and to streamline the time spent discussing city matters.
He’s been around a long time. He knows what he’s doing. The city council is operating nicely.
Let’s hope it stays this way.