Several months after Davenport made major changes to its weekly Tuesday management update meetings by opening them to the public, more improvements may be in store.
Davenport is looking to consolidate its two management meetings, that now include five aldermen each, into one two-hour session with the entire council, to be held from 3-5 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of the month.
The latest proposition aims to improve efficiency for city staff, and could open the possibility of adding another work session each month.
"We're all here together, hearing it at the same time and it's efficient for (staff)," said Alderwoman Rita Rawson, 5th Ward. "You're not spending an entire afternoon on Tuesday repeating the same thing twice. How crazy is that? And it's an inefficient use of salary and time."
In previous weeks, a few aldermen voiced concerns about the difference in the depth of conversations between the Tuesday sessions and sought more uniformity and awareness of issues within the city.
Currently, Davenport's aldermen meet on the first three Tuesdays for the management update and hold a work session on the fourth Tuesday.
The changes to Tuesday's meeting may come as soon as November, with a joint work session with the Davenport Community School District scheduled for the second Tuesday next month.
As an added feature of the meetings, City Administrator Corri Spiegel said the city was looking at a dashboard to update the aldermen on three layers of topics: council goals, work session topics and individual concerns.
Spiegel said Mallory Merritt, who was recently promoted from budget analyst to assistant to the city administrator, would take on the monthly dashboard updates.
With the city still to fill Merritt's former position, Spiegel said the dashboard updates would likely not start until January.