Raleigh council shortens retreat to save money

colin.campbell@newsobserver.comJanuary 10, 2014 

— The Raleigh City Council has condensed its planned retreat later this month and will spend only one night in an out-of-town hotel to cut costs.

When the retreat – the council’s first out-of-county meeting in more than 20 years – was approved last month, the schedule called for a two-night stay in Wilmington. The retreat would have begun on the afternoon of Jan. 29, wrapping up around midday Jan. 31.

Now the council will hold two full-day meetings Jan. 30-31, which is expected to save the city several thousand dollars, City Manager Ruffin Hall said. No new estimates for the retreat – originally pegged at $16,241 – have been released yet.

“That does save a little bit of cost, and it does save you some time,” he said, adding that there will be enough time to get through the full agenda.

Two council members had questioned the cost of going out of town for a meeting. “I think that’s a good compromise,” Mayor Nancy McFarlane said.

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