The Carbondale City Council plans to get an earlier start in the future.
At the council's first meeting of the year Tuesday evening, its members voted 5-2 to move the start time of city council meetings from the traditional 7 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month.
Council members Adam Loos and Jessica Bradshaw voted against the measure after Loos mention other related parts of city procedure he would like to see clarified as well.
Mayor Mike Henry said Loos' concerns can be addressed during council discussion at a future meeting.
The new start time for meetings, which have a long tradition of sometimes running for hours, takes effect Feb. 27.
Mayor Mike Henry, surveying the near-empty council chambers, said he hoped an earlier start time would encourage more citizens to come and get involved. Several council members echoed the mayor's comments.
"I'm hoping that moving this meeting up an hour, we might actually see some bodies in here," Council member Tom Grant said.