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.