Monday Nights and Committee Wednesdays –
City Council meets almost every Monday at 7:00 pm (except holidays and 5th Mondays) and we meet almost every Wednesday during varying business hours. Monday nights are official Council meetings where work is concluded or, sometimes, sent back to committee. Wednesday meetings are where these Monday night items are first seen by members of City Council committees and “workshopped” before they move forward to Monday night meetings. Many items move through committee in one meeting and sometimes they stay in committee for a long time.
It is on Wednesdays when much of the work of Council gets done and is the best time to affect change. These blog posts will often cover some of what happens on any given Wednesday. You can always see the upcoming weeks’ committee schedule here. The timing for each committee changes weekly depending on content for each committee.
There are six City Council committees. At present, all 12 councilors are members of all committees. This is not always true and membership can change often. Below are all committees and a brief description of each.
- Administration and Finance (A&F)
- Oversees Central Services, Finance, City Clerk, Human Resources, IT, GIS, City Attorney’s Office, Missoula Redevelopment Agency and the Housing and Community Development Department. Reviews contracts, claims, and budget transfers, council rules, personnel and budget issues and purchasing policies as well as CDBG/HOME grant funds.
- Budget Committee of the Whole (BCOW)
- Reviews the Mayor’s executive budget proposal. Typically, only meets during budget season.
- Committee of the Whole (COW)
- Considers strategic planning for the City, reports from Council appointees to various boards, updates from the Mayor to various City departments that require attention of the full Council and any issues that require input of the full Council that other committees would be less apt to handle.
- Parks and Conservation (PC)
- Oversees the Parks and Recreation Department and the City Cemetery. Considers the City’s many conservation efforts and the City’s Open Space Program, including acquisitions and management plans.
- Land Use and Planning (LUP)
- Regulates land-use matter, particularly subdivision and zoning. Addresses subdivision concerns, and oversees zoning concerns and change requests.
- Public Safety and Health Committee (PS&H)
- Works on matters pertaining to safety and health. Work closely with the Fire Department, Police Department, and the Health Department
- Public Works Committee (PW)
- The Public Works Committee handles subjects concerning the infrastructure of the City (i.e., streets, sewers, sidewalks, and transportation issues).