LF Council hears concerns about meeting locations, times set for some city committees

By Terry Lehrke, News Editor 

The Little Falls City Council determined that a city committee meeting in the community room of a church was acceptable, as was a city committee setting its meeting time at 8 p.m.

City Administrator Dan Vogt said a resident expressed a concern to him about using a church for a city meeting. The resident felt that possibly some people wouldn’t want to attend due to the location.

The same resident, he said, expressed concern about an 8 p.m. meeting start time, feeling it was too late. Vogt questioned whether the Council had a strong preference for meeting start times or locations and whether a church was acceptable.

The two committees discussed were the Little Falls Mayor’s Youth Task Force, which meets at Alliance Church in Little Falls, and the Little Falls Sister City Committee, which meets at 8 p.m.

Vogt brought the issue before the Council during its work session, to give him direction on how members wanted him to handle these concerns.

Mayor Cathy VanRisseghem explained the Youth Task Force meetings were held at Alliance Church in a community area. She said a lot of kids attend with the parents, ranging in age from 14 months to 14 years. The church has a day care area for the kids to play, and the group never enters the church sanctuary.

Council Member Brian-Paul Crowder said the Little Falls Carnegie Library gave city meetings top priority if it was chosen as a location.

As far as the Sister City Committee, Council Member Loren Boyum noted the committees are made up of volunteers and if unnecessary restrictions were placed on them, they may quit.

The consensus of the Council was that committees should be able to set their own start time.