City Council meetings shouldn't be marathons, testing the wills of all involved to keep their eyes open and to talk and think straight at 1:30 in the morning.
But in recent meetings, that seems to be what happens, prompting a much-needed discussion at Tuesday's meeting about ways to limit council sessions that continue until the wee hours of the morning.
Council meetings need to be a more reasonable duration in order to serve the best interests of the city.
Marathon sessions don't do anyone any good. Residents are forced to wait through mega-discussions about topics they may have no interest in. City executive staffers — the managers of departments — are forced to stay until the wee hours of the morning, only to go back to work early that same morning; and the council members themselves risk meltdowns in concentration, critical thinking on important issues, and the ability to question proposals. And along with the cost in time and energy of all involved is the cost in financial terms for overtime involved in keeping staffers on the clock.