Committee of the Whole meetings and Village Board meetings are held at 7:00pm on the first and third Tuesdays of every month at the Municipal Court Complex, 2710 170th Street. Meetings are open to the public.
Knowing what’s coming
The Open Meetings Act requires that “An agenda for each regular meeting shall be posted at the principal office of the public body and at the location where the meeting is to be held at least 48 hours in advance of the holding of the meeting.” The Village of Lansing posts agendas and minutes from public meetings in the “Documents” section of their website.
For convenience, agendas are also posted here:
The Lansing Journal has posted articles about several of the items that appear on the agendas for Tuesday’s meetings. Clicking the headlines below will open up the articles:
Subscribers to the free online version of The Lansing Journal receive an email each morning with links to stories like the above examples, so they stay informed about items being discussed at public meetings:
About the two types of meetings
Primarily, Village Board meetings are for voting; Committee of the Whole meetings are for discussion. At each Village Board meeting, the Trustees are voting on items that have been discussed at the most recent Committee of the Whole meeting, usually two weeks previous. (Occasionally the span between meetings is longer than two weeks, such as when a month has five Tuesdays.) Placing the vote two weeks after the discussion gives the Trustees time to further research items, and it gives the public an opportunity to voice their questions and opinions.