The Sherman City Council will only have one regular meeting in July, after canceling its scheduled July 2 meeting.

Near the end of the council’s June 18 regular meeting, Mayor David Plyler started to read an agenda item concerning the proposed cancellation of the July 2 meeting, but council member Jason Sofey made a motion to cancel the meeting before the mayor had even finished reading the item. Sofey’s motion was quickly seconded and the council voted unanimously to cancel its first scheduled meeting of July.

Falling two days before the Independence Day holiday and the day before Sherman’s Lights on the Lake celebration, city staff recommended the July 2 meeting be canceled because there are no items requiring immediate council action.

The council regularly meets on the first and third Mondays of every month, but this will mark the third consecutive year it has moved or canceled its first meeting of July. In 2016, the first Monday of July fell on Independence Day, so the council moved its meeting to the following day and last year, Sherman held its Lights on the Lake celebration that day, so the meeting was canceled.

In addition to its two regular meetings in June, the council also held its annual budget workshop in June 14. During that meeting, the council received presentations from city staff on the fiscal year 2018-2019 budget and programs and expenses that will be included in it. The meeting also allowed the council members to offer direction and give feedback on city staff’s plans for the budget.

The council’s next regular meeting is scheduled for July 16. It is then expected to return to its regular meeting schedule of the first and third Monday of the month in August.