Members of a group that will consider changes to Omaha's city charter really want the public to have its say.
They must, because they spent about an hour at the charter review convention's first meeting Monday talking about how to maximize public participation.
They settled on designating two meetings primarily for public comment. Those meetings will be 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 15, and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 17, both in Room 702 of the City-County Building, 1819 Farnam St.
Charter group members said they'll welcome public comments in a number of ways throughout the duration of the process. But sooner is better if people have ideas for changes that they want the body to consider.
The group also formally requested that Mayor Jean Stothert and City Council members submit their proposed changes by Oct. 15.
Besides Oct. 15 and 17, the group set meetings for 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 21, Oct. 28, Nov. 4, Nov. 12, Nov. 18, Nov. 25 and Dec. 2. All will be at the City-County Building.
The committee will meet over the next eight weeks to consider changes to the city charter, the document that serves as Omaha's constitution.
Such a review is required every 10 years.
The committee will settle on a list of recommendations and forward it to the City Council. Any ideas that pass that step will end up on the ballot for a popular vote, likely next year.
The committee has 25 members, chosen by Stothert and the council.