Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Springfield City Council to Start Monday Night Meetings at 6 pm rather than 7 pm on a Trial Basis

The City of Springfield announced Tuesday afternoon that the Monday night City Council meetings are going to start at 6 pm rather than 7 pm for a two month trial period.

"Public hearings that already have been advertised as starting at 7 p.m. will not begin before that time to comply with the advertised notice. The agenda will be adjusted at Monday's meeting to accommodate the advertised public hearings," the release stated.

Mayor Jim O'Neal was quoted as saying, "I felt like there was a lot of downtime for people who attend the meetings to wait until 7 p.m. I think this change should still give citizens enough time after the business day ends to do what they need to do and still get to the Council meeting by 6 p.m. I hope we'll get everyone home a little earlier on a weeknight."

If the new meeting time is successful, it will require a change to the City code to make it permanent.



Chestnut Expressway said...

Could there be a "Happy Hour" from 5 to 6 ??

This might boost attendance, and provide sales tax revenue for the area.

Everyone would also be in a good mood before the meeting starts.

Fred B. Ellison said...

The earlier starting time is not very convenient for working people who get off work at 5:00pm. The 7:00 starting time already made it challenging to get home, eat dinner, and get to Council meeting.

I guess we were keeping Mayor O'Neal up past his bedtime.

Jackie Melton said...

You could always take a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and an apple with you (but no knives for peeling, please).

Or I could bring snacks for everyone like I do my Spark's Club? Cookies, cupcakes, popcorn, muffins, some trail mix?

OR PEANUTS!!! (For the "peanut gallery")


Chestnut Expressway said...

With daylight savings time,
7 pm is really 6 pm...