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Yakima City Council prepares to schedule public hearing on forms of government

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YAKIMA, Wash. – Mayor Micah Cawley said Monday he has gotten limited feedback from the public on a possible change to the city's form of government.

"It's been pretty quiet," he said. "I haven't received as many emails as I normally would on a hot topic issue."

The City of Yakima is considering a switch to the "Mayor-Council" format. It would give the mayor more executive powers and allow he or she to play a larger role in the city's management.

Under the current system, the city uses a "Council-Manager" setup that makes the mayor's role primarily ceremonial and gives all seven council members an equal weight in city leadership.

"It makes you wonder if the community at large really wants this type of change," Cawley said.

The city council expects to schedule a date for a public hearing on the matter at Tuesday night's council meeting. It will likely take place in September.  

Cawley also announced that the council will have a mid-year retreat on Aug. 23 to reflect on goals they set for 2010 as well as prepare for 2011.