For Immediate Release
City Council Meetings Move to 6 p.m.
Beginning on June 29, 2009, the Springfield City Council will move the start time for its regular Monday meetings to 6 p.m. for a two-month trial period.
The change means the meetings will start an hour earlier than the usual 7 p.m. start time. City Council is recommending this pilot project in an effort to make the meetings more convenient for citizens, the City Council and the City staff by starting earlier and adjourning earlier in the evening.
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.
If the pilot project is successful, the Council will consider a permanent change to the City Code to make 6 p.m. the regular starting time for City Council meetings.
“I felt like there was a lot of downtime for people who attend the meetings to wait until 7 p.m.,” Mayor Jim O’Neal said. “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.”
The agendas for the Council meetings will remain the same except for the earlier start time. The meetings will air live at 6 p.m. on CityView, the City’s government access channel, and on the City Web site at: springfieldmo.gov/cityview.
For more information, contact: City Clerk Brenda Cirtin, 864-1650.