Saying they’re sleepy by the end of long meetings, two City Council members are asking to move the Council’s regular Monday night meeting time from 7pm to 6pm. The Council rejected a 6:30 start time about a year ago.
Council member Brad Adams, one of those asking for an earlier time, told the Council, “Sometimes we go to 9:30 or 10pm…I go downhill at around 9pm.” Moving up an hour earlier, he said, the meetings could end at 8:30 or so.
“If the logic is to meet earlier to have longer meetings, I’m not on board,” commented Council member Matt Miller.
Council member Erica Pickett said she was concerned about all the people who work in town and their ability to come to a Council meeting at 6pm. She said she wouldn’t like to see the time changed.
In the past year, the Council has met at 6Pm and 6:30 when they had particularly long agendas.
Council member Eric Johnson, who initiated the discussion along with Adams, said, “We’ve had 6pm meetings and I didn’t see any lack of public participation.”
Council member John Archibald noted that city staff support Council meetings and said, “They’ve been here all day long.”
One Council member indicated an earlier start time would be tough on her. Liz Lovelett said, “I’m clearly the weak link..” She said 6pm is a problem for her, noting that Council committee meetings frequently start an hour before the full Council meets and that 5pm would tough. “The tradeoff is that somebody else would have to take my committee positions.”
Other Council member agreed that pushing committee meetings earlier could be hard on city staff. Mayor Gere said she would survey city staff to see if some accommodation could be made for new committee times and she will bring the matter back to the Council’s next meeting.