ST. GEORGE – If you show up for the St. George City Council meeting today at 4 p.m., you’ll be arriving an hour early. It was announced during the council’s Jan. 30 meeting that future council meetings will be starting at 5 p.m. in order to promote better public access.
Mayor Jon Pike recommended that the council’s regular meetings, held on the first and third Thursday of each month, start at 5 p.m., with public hearings starting at 5:30 p.m. Work meetings, while also open to the public, will remain at 4 p.m. No public hearings or votes are had during work meetings.
During the first regular meeting of the month, members of the public will be able to address the City Council for a 15-minute period to share concerns and questions. However, Pike stipulated that three rules must be adhered to: the person addressing the council must be a St. George resident, that person must be respectful, and may not comment on a pending matter set before the council during that particular meeting – the topic must by unrelated.
“We’ll see how it goes,” Pike said, noting the time change and open comment period are being conducted on a trial basis for now.
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