Earlier City Council meetings might have seemed like a good idea at the time, but Burnsville council members have now backed off the idea.
They decided at a March 12 work session that a starting time of 5:30 p.m. instead of 6:30 p.m. might be more convenient for citizens and people with business before the council at its regular meetings and work sessions on alternating Tuesdays.
A resident’s objection at the March 19 meeting led the council to delay the change while seeking more feedback. Tom Taylor said the earlier time would interrupt dinnertime for many and reduce meeting participation.
An online survey on the city’s website and through its electronic updates list garnered 92 responses. Results ran 2-to-1 in favor of keeping the 6:30 p.m. time, according to a city staff report.
The council voted unanimously April 2 to do just that.
As Taylor had said, the typical council meeting time in the metro area is 7 p.m., according to the report.