There was an interesting and encouraging twist at the end of last week's City Council meeting.
Right before adjournment, Councilmember Paul LeBel moved to add an item to the agenda to move the council meeting time from 4 PM to 5 PM.
LeBel's motion to add this item to the agenda passed 5-0 (YES: Garrett, Bivens, LeBel, Senter, and Thomas; ABSENT: Gene Brooks, who was sick; and Claude Jinks, who had been hospitalized for heart problems.)
After getting the item on the agenda, LeBel then made his actual motion to change the council meeting time from 4 PM to 5 PM on first reading and to hold a public hearing and second reading on July 19, 2011. Bob Garrett seconded the motion. After a brief discussion, the motion passed 5-0.
[SIDENOTE: Bob Garrett voted against this same time change in November 2009 when it was brought to the floor by motion of Gene Brooks and second by Kay Senter.]
This is a positive move by the Mayor and councilmembers to have meetings at a time when more people can, and hopefully will, attend.