Burien City Council again spends three-plus hours on its internal guidelines 1 By Jack Mayne Five Burien City Council members spent over three hours Monday nigh (Sept. 25) wading once again through the Council’s own meeting guidelines, a matter that has taken up hours in the past year or so as squabbles have erupted over members using social media, then others pushing for a total reworking. With Councilmembers Lauren Berkowitz and Stephen Armstrong excused absentees, Deputy Mayor Nancy Tosta wondered why, once again, the body was going over old internal business. “I am frustrated that again we are spending an entire study session on this topic when I think we have much more important things we should be working on,” Tosta said at outset of the session. “Like working on like thinking about the future of our city and some of the challenges that our community has identified. “This (reviewing of guidelines) is internal processing,” she said. “We know the document in flawed, we know it’s redundant. My preference would much have been to ask our city attorney to give us a simplified document reflecting many of those things we have discussed.” Tosta added that it was “my deep frustration that we keep going over and over this which in many ways are just an attempt to manage each other,” Tosta said before plunging back into the minutia of the guidelines until after 10 p.m.]]>