Lane pointed out that the change would not affect current council members.
The changes would not become effective until after the next city election in 2015. The proposal is to shorten council members' terms between 2015 and 2018.
Council members typically serve four-year terms. However, the proposal is to shorten that term to three and a half years for one election cycle in order to align with the county, state and national races, Lane said.
But, council members elected in 2018 would then go back to a four-year term, he said.
A public hearing on the matter will be held on March 18 at 7 p.m. in council chambers. The bill has been referred to council's Rules and Ordinances Committee.
Harrison is chairman of the committee.
The committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 27 in the third floor conference room at City Hall to discuss the measure, Harrison said. Committee meetings are open to the public.
Council also approved a promotion for City Collector Charles Thompson. Thompson will move into his new position as human resources director in the coming weeks, City Manager David Molgaard said.
Thompson will take over the position formerly held by Judy King, who is retiring.
Thompson has served as city collector since 2007. He has been with the city since 2002.
The business and occupation tax supervisor Tonya Cotton will take over Thompson's position in the city collector's office, Molgaard said. Thompson's salary will remain about the same, he added. Thompson's salary range is between $63,600 and $81,370, Molgaard said. Molgaard would not reveal Thompson's exact salary.
Thompson said he was pleased with the promotion and that he is eager to begin work as the new human resources director. However, the position will be challenging, he said.
One of the challenges will be addressing the nation's new Affordable Care Act. The act will require the city to provide health care to any employee who works more than 30 hours per week, Thompson said.
The city employs numerous part-time workers, especially in the public grounds department in the summer, Thompson said.
"It's something that's going to come up and it's something that we'll have to focus on," he said.