Council Meeting Rescheduled
December 8, 2009 3:38 PM
It helps to have a meteorologist on the City Council. Eleventh District Alder Chris Schimdt helped Madison City Council President Tim Bruer, President Pro Tem Mark Clear and I to decide to cancel this evening's Council meeting due to the extreme weather conditions. The meeting will be rescheduled for 6:30p.m. on Tuesday, December 15. Alder Bruer also cancelled tonight's Common Council Organizational Committee meeting, and the Economic Development Committee meeting was also cancelled.
Chris is a meteorologist at the UW, and we called him right before making the final decision. We made the decision after the National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning this afternoon and after the County Sheriff and State Patrol issued warnings not to travel throughout the county. Chris helped us with the latest information.
I know that a lot of people will be disappointed that we didn't debate and decide the Edgewater issue this evening, but this actually gives us another week to more fully vet the issues involved, and that is a good thing for a decision of this importance.
In the last analysis it came down to public safety and fairness. While conditions might not have been too bad at the start, conditions would have deteriorated rapidly during the meeting. By the time people would have left the meeting, maybe around midnight, conditions would probably be at their worst according to the current forecast. In addition, there would have been citizens who wished to speak at the meeting tonight who would not come out due to the weather. It wouldn't be either wise or fair to go ahead tonight.
And for those who were looking forward to sitting down in front of the TV for an exciting City Channel telecast of a Council meeting this evening, hey, there's always the reruns.