LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Beginning Jan. 22, regular City Council meetings will be held on Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m.
Meetings have previously been held on Thursdays at 5:15 p.m.
Lubbock Mayor Dan Pope said the decision to move the meetings from Thursday to Tuesday will allow the council to get more work done during the week.
“We feel like meeting Tuesday and having the balance of the week, more than half the week, still in front of us, causes us to be more productive,” Pope said.
Pope said the earlier start time will allow meeting items like proclamations and the invocation to be done earlier.
The mayor said he doesn’t foresee the changes affecting the accessibility of these meetings to citizens in the community.
“I can’t imagine that that 15 minutes would change something. I think the council and I, if we see that it’s impacting things, we would certainly make a change,” Pope said.
However, some members in the community have expressed concern.
One viewer told us having meetings at the new time is marginalizing. She said people who work on the other side of town and utilize public transportation can’t afford to take off of work to make it to these meetings to voice their opinions.
She said because of this, the opinions being heard may be from a specific population with little diversity.
Mikel Ward, a taxpayer advocate, said she thinks it’s important that citizens voice their concerns at city council meetings.
“If they’ll make it a little bit after five it would allow people who work to come down there and sign up,” Ward said.
Mayor Pope said the public comment section will not start prior to five, but as usual, citizens wishing to speak must arrive fifteen minutes prior to the meeting to sign up.
Pope said the council will monitor closely the public comments.
“We’re not trying in any way to cut into that, to thwart that,” Pope said.