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St. Peters aldermen may move up regular meeting start time

The St. Peters Board of Aldermen may move up their regular meeting time starting in January.

Aldermen agreed at a work session on Nov. 11 to consider a bill at the Dec. 15 meeting to change the regular meeting time for board meetings to 6:30 p.m. from 7 p.m.  If the board approves a change in the city code, the change could be in effect for the board’s Jan.12 meeting.

Mayor Len Pagano suggested the change because of the board’s lengthy agendas in the last few months.

“I think it’s a good idea,” said Alderman Jerry Hollingsworth [Ward 2]. He said an earlier meeting time might encourage more people to attend board meetings. It’s often difficult for people to get home from work, have dinner and go to a meeting, he said. “These aren’t the most enticing meetings in the world to begin with,” Hollingsworth said. “The earlier the meeting, the better.”

The eight-member board normally meets the second and fourth Thursday of each month except in June, July, August, November and December when only one meeting is held. The board meets at the St. Peters Justice Center, 1020 Grand Teton Drive.

The change may not affect the starting time for the board’s work sessions, typically held at 5 p.m. before the regular board meeting. The work session is often the place where the board and city officials discuss issues in more detail but can’t vote on items.

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