By Jack Mayne Five Burien City Council members spent over three hours Monday nigh (Sept. 25) wading once again through the Councilâ€™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. â€œI 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,â€ Tosta said at outset of the session. â€œLike working on like thinking about the future of our city and some of the challenges that our community has identified. â€œThis (reviewing of guidelines) is internal processing,â€ she said. â€œWe know the document in flawed, we know itâ€™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.â€ Tosta added that it was â€œmy deep frustration that we keep going over and over this which in many ways are just an attempt to manage each other,â€ Tosta said before plunging back into the minutia of the guidelines until after 10 p.m.]]>
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