Avondale Estates considering starting its regular meeting earlierPhoto obtained via the city of Avondale Estates website.
In Avondale Estates, 7:30 p.m. might be too late for a public meeting.
City Commissioners are currently considering holding their monthly meetings at 6:30 p.m. instead.
That will require a change to city ordinances, since the meeting time is established in the city code.
“If the [Board of Mayor and Commissioners] decides to change the meeting time of their regular meetings, it will have to be done though an ordinance which would require three readings,” City Manager Clai Brown said.
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The city would continue to hold its monthly work session at 5:30 p.m. for now. That meeting is where much of the debate on the upcoming agenda items for the regular meeting takes place and it usually lasts much longer than the regular meeting.
Mayor Jonathan Elmore said 7:30 p.m. is “kind of late” for the board to hold its regular meeting. He’d like to see the same start time for the work session and the regular meeting.
“I just think the work sessions are too early and the board meetings are too late and I’d like to make them both start at 6:30 p.m.,” Elmore says. “It gives people enough time to get home from work, eat dinner and show up for the meeting.”
The city is soliciting opinions about the proposed meeting time change. Residents who are interested in weighing in can contact city clerk Gina Hill via email, firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone, 404-294-5400.