Smithfield Herald

Council holding work sessions

The Smithfield Town Council is meeting more often.

As needed, the Town Council is holding work sessions two weeks in advance of regularly scheduled meetings. Councilman Travis Scott proposed the idea in September. The full council endorsed it a month later.

In a town as large as Smithfield, one monthly meeting often isn’t enough to cover everything thoroughly, Scott said. He hopes the work sessions will make the council stronger as a team so it can be more productive.

“We just need more time as a group of leaders to get together to discuss topics,” Scott said.

The mayor will decide on a monthly basis whether to hold a work session.

“If there isn’t much to discuss that month, we won’t hold that session,” Town Manager Paul Sabston said. “That way you don’t feel like you’re just showing up for no reason.”

“I’ve seen the work session approach work very well, but I’ve also seen it forced some times,” Sabiston said. “If that occurs, we can just hold it off till the next month.”

The next work session is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Dec. 23. The regularly scheduled meeting will follow on Jan. 6.

Meetings are in the council chambers at Town Hall, 350 E. Market St.