The East Hampton Town Council held off on approving a proposed Second Reading Policy during its meeting Tuesday evening.
The initiative, which was proposed by Town Manager Mike Maniscalco and often brought up by the council members, would require the council to automatically hold off on approving certain items brought forward during town meetings.
Occasionally, a town resident or a town department head will come to the Town Council with a specific issue on the table and, in the past, the council has gone ahead and approved that issue the night it was presented.
Maniscalco said having a “second reading policy” in place would give the council members more time to review the initiative before making a decision.
“Essentially what we’re trying to do is slow down the process for the council,” Maniscalco said during Tuesday’s meeting at East Hampton High School.
After fielding questions from some of the council members, Maniscalco said it’s likely if this type of policy was adopted that it would be recorded in a policy manual that would be readily available to anyone wishing to see it.
Some members of the council said they wanted to review the proposal again before making a decision on adopting it. One item that became a focus of the conversation was on emergency initiatives — although Maniscalco said the second reading policy wouldn’t apply in these types of situations.